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Perfect Day Trips and Getaways for Sienna Hills Residents

Need a change of pace? Whether it’s a planned outing or a spontaneous urge to switch up the scenery, day trips and getaways near Phoenix are a perfect way to relax and revive the spirit.

Easy Day Trips from Sienna Hills

Bask in the Romance

Ready for pampering? Start the day sipping lattes and browsing Scottsdale’s plentiful boutiques and shops. Midday, head over to the New Serenity Spa for a blissful couples massage. To round out the experience, splurge for decadence at the award-winning Cafe Monarch in Old Town, where romantic ambiance fills the air.

Discover Something New

Calling all lifelong learners! At just over 2 hours south, Tucson is home to the unique, wildly interesting Biosphere 2. Tour this real-world science lab and gain knowledge about the world around you. Be sure to stop along the way at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. The monster truck tour is a can’t-miss, exhilarating learning experience well worth your time.

Stay Active

Itching to experience the great outdoors? Head north on I-17 for about 2.5 hours and find nature’s playground in Flagstaff, measuring in at 7,000 above sea level. In summer, take a break from the heat and hike the San Francisco Peaks. In winter, hit the slopes at Arizona Snowbowl. Test your limits and play in the trees year-round at Flagstaff Extreme’s adrenaline-inducing adventure course.

Arizona’s Rejuvenating Getaways

Bask in the Romance

Just 2.5 hours from Buckeye, you’ll feel a world away when you arrive at Arroyo Pinion Hotel in breathtaking Sedona. Nestled among the trees and overlooking the city’s world-famous red rock formations, enjoy the Romance Package, complete with champagne, Jacuzzi tub, and luxurious king-size bed—all with easy access to downtown shopping and restaurants.  

Discover Something New

Saddle up to the past and experience the Wild West at its best. At a mere 3.5-hour jaunt from Buckeye, it doesn’t get more authentic than Tombstone, the “Town Too Tough to Die.” Enjoy re-created gunfights on dusty streets and learn more about Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the gang. Indulge in panoramic views in your restful stay at the Tombstone Grand Hotel.  While you’re nearby, consider making a stop at Kartchner Caverns State Park in nearby Benson and see one of the world’s longest stalactites on the Rotunda-Throne Room tour.

Stay Active

Take advantage of Arizona’s gorgeous year-round weather and explore the beauty of Havasu Falls near the Grand Canyon. Well-maintained hiking trails let you explore the splendor of nature in this scenic haven. Book a night or two at the Havasupai Lodge and enjoy total immersion in serenity. Pull on your boots and hike in or ride a mule to any of four breathtaking blue-green waterfalls—and be rewarded as the refreshing mist blankets your skin.

Sienna Hills affords a daily lifestyle that is hard to beat, but with its close proximity to some of the country’s most beautiful land, feel free to escape and explore nature’s scenic wonderland. Home sweet home will be waiting for you when you return.

Fall Family Fun

Fall has arrived in Arizona and we can finally go outside again without roasting. The best part about Fall? All the festivities around town! Find your perfect pick at a pumpkin patch, get lost in a corn maze, or prepare to be scared at a haunted house. Buckeye and the surrounding area have so many fall family fun options for everyone.

Rocker 7 Farms
For fall festivities, check out Buckeye’s very own Rocker 7 Farms. There’s something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, and corn maze that the kids will enjoy. Take family pictures in the sunflowers, or enjoy a hayride. They are open Friday-Sunday through Oct 29th. Admission is only $9. You can find hours and directions right on their website.

Tolmachoff Farms
Another great place to take the family this fall is Tolmachoff Farms. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. With a pumpkin patch to find the perfect canvas for carving. They also offer a full sized, 6 acre corn maze, as well as a mini version that’s great for the kids. During the evening, take a walk through their haunted corn maze, if you dare! Also enjoy petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, and adult & child pedal cart track. For hours and directions, visit their website.

If you are looking for more pumpkin patches, check out this list from AZCentral.com: Halloween pumpkin patches in metro Phoenix 2017. While these aren’t in your backyard, they are still only a short drive away.

Haunted Houses
If you’re feeling daring, try a haunted house this year! While most aren’t kid friendly, you can find a few around the valley that the older kids will love! Or, you could leave the kids at home for a spooky date night.

At Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, their AZ Field of Screams is a must see for thrill seekers. This haunted corn maze is sure to get your heart racing. This is a great option for parents with older children. The farm also has a separate maze for families.

For a family fun, and spook-tactual night, Gold Land in Mesa offers a Haunted House and Haunted Mini Golf. Their once brightly colored miniature golf course transforms into a haunted graveyard. All ages are welcome to participate in this. Adults cost $9.99, while kids cost $7.99. Find more information and directions here.

Whether you and your family are a fan of finding the perfect pumpkin, or staying up late for a spooky game of mini golf, there’s no denying, Halloween in the valley is non stop fun. For more information on events around us here at Sienna Hills Community, follow the links above.

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Celebrate Spooky Halloween in Buckeye

Autumn is here! In October, take a hayride, visit a haunted house, and celebrate the spooky season with friends. Check out these exciting Halloween events in Buckeye and Metro Phoenix.  

Halloween Carnival – Buckeye  – Saturday, October 28, 5–9 p.m.
Join your Sienna Hills neighbors at Buckeye’s 77th annual Halloween carnival. Enjoy games, mystery bingo, and delicious food and drinks while you celebrate all things spooky. This one-night Halloween event is perfect for the whole family.

Rocker 7 Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – Buckeye – Friday–Sunday, Oct. 7–30
Hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Navigate your way through a four-acre maze. Experience an authentic wagon hayride. Rocker 7 Farm Patch has it all during its Fall Festival—autumn family fun at its best!

Odyssey Halloween Zombie Run – Buckeye – Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.
Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Join in the fun at this spooktacular fun run. After you survive the zombie attack, stick around for a “Boo Brunch” and face painting. Funds raised will be sent to support a school in Ghana.

Murder Mystery Night – Avondale – Saturday, October 21, 6–8:30 p.m.
Whodunit? Maybe it was you! Capture the clues and solve the mystery on this night of fun and intrigue. Join in the mystery and enjoy snacks and interactive fun at Avondale Library’s 4th annual adults-only event. All proceeds benefit the library.

Haunted Houses – Metro Phoenix
Sans kids and ready for an a”boo”solutely exhilarating night of fright? Haunted houses abound throughout Metro Phoenix. Take a peek at this list of offerings and decide for yourself which spine-tingling experience is right for you.

October 31 is coming fast—how will you celebrate the season?

Sienna Hills is an amazing place to call home. With its prime location, there is always something to do. Head out this Halloween and enjoy all there is to offer.

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4 Tips to Reduce Clutter in Your Home

Is keeping your new, beautiful home clean and clutter-free important to you? Of course it is!

Here are four tips to help you slay the clutter monster and maintain an organized and clutter-free home:

  1. Bust bad habits and keep it consistent. Whole-home organization is not a once-and-done event—it’s a habit. Conscientiously develop good habits and routines you can stick to. Etch out five minutes of every day to do a little throughout the home, clearing all countertops, dresser tops, tables, and chairs of debris. When you take something out, put it back as soon as you’re done. 
  2. Establish “homes.” It’s crucial that every item in your home has its own home—a place to live. The best part? You get to choose the spot. For any item that doesn’t have a home, consider whether it truly belongs. If it doesn’t, either toss it or donate it. 
  3. Follow the rules. As a family, establish house rules for “stuff.” Some examples may be “one-in, one-out” (e.g., if you get a new shirt, make sure you get rid of an old one); don’t buy what can be rented or borrowed; and if it doesn’t have a home, it’s out. 
  4. Embrace the clutter. What? Yes, you read that correctly. The truth is, clutter plagues even the most organized among us. That said, it’s important to accept that clutter happens and to provide an avenue to manage it. Designate a free space (ideally in every room) where clutter may reside. A drawer? A basket? The choice is yours; just use this space and don’t be too hard on yourself. Make a schedule to sort this space occasionally to keep it under control.

Bonus tip: Is your closet popping at the seams with clothing . . . some of which you never wear? Take this challenge: do one thorough downsize of your wardrobe. When you replace the clothing on the rack, place the hangers facing backward. Whenever you wear an item, hang it up facing forward. At the end of a specific period (a year?), discard any clothing whose hanger is still backward. You don’t wear it, so part with it.

Your home is your sanctuary—be sure to keep it that way.

For more tips on how to reduce clutter, check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. (Literally, check it out—don’t buy what you can borrow, remember?—from the Buckeye Public Library.)

 

Sienna Hills is a planned community of new homes in Buckeye priced from the high $100s. With year-round outdoor recreation, easy access to amenities, and quality schools, you’ll love to call Sienna Hills home. Visit us online to learn more about our location in “Arizona’s Biggest Small Town.”

Celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day at Sienna Hills Community

Coming up on September 30th is National Family Health & Fitness Day, which we here at Sienna Hills love to promote! Family Health & Fitness Day comes around every year in September, just in time for the weather in Arizona to drop below 100, and as the weather cools down, it gets easier and easier to get outside and get active! It is even easier when you live in such a beautiful and active community, such as ours. Keep reading to get a few ideas of what you can do to celebrate this day with your family.

Swimming

Take advantage of our fabulous pool and rec center while it’s still warm enough. Swimming is a great way to get exercise in, while also having fun. Play on the splash pad, organize pool games with the neighbors or simply just swim laps. There is an activity for all ages at the pool, so come on down.

Hiking

Sienna Hills Community is located in the heart of the desert, which means tons of great hiking trails all around. Head out to Skyline National Park where there are 27 miles of trails for hiking, walking, biking or even horseback riding! Venture out a little farther from home to Buckeye Hills regional park or Woolsey Park Wilderness Area to find even more great hikes and sights to see. Make sure to bring lots of snacks and water though, as keeping hydrated and fueled is also an important part of Family Health and Fitness Day.

Sports

Along with our great pool, is all the great parks and sports areas in the community. Basketball, soccer, or just playing on the playground. The options are endless at our neighborhood parks. Invite the whole neighborhood out for a fun game of soccer to encourage everyone to get moving on this day.

We can’t wait to see everyone out and about with their families on Sept. 30th for Family Health & Fitness Day, even if it’s just for a short walk around the community. Staying active and teaching our kids good habits is so important for happy, healthy homes. How will you celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day?

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means costumes, trick-or-treating, and entertaining friends and family. Whether you’re planning a haunted house-party, trick-or-treating with the kids or a night at home passing out candy, we want to make sure you’re prepared for the night ahead with some Sienna Hills Safety Tips.

Trick-or-Treating

By far, the most popular activity on Halloween is trick-or-treating. Dressing up in your costume and going door-to-door to collect candy is the highlight of every kid’s night. There are many things to consider if you’re thinking about taking your kid out on the 31st, or letting them go with a group of friends. If your child is going out with a group of friends, help them set boundaries and let them know to stick to familiar routes. If you’re taking your child with you, be on the lookout for cars at all times, and stick to sidewalks and well-lit streets.

Selecting the Perfect Costume

Whether they’re going as a princess or a pirate, something to remember when selecting a costume is color. The most popular hours for trick-or-treating are 5:30 to 9:30, which means most trick-or-treating happens in the dark. Try to avoid dark costumes if you can, but if it’s unavoidable, add glow sticks or flashlights to the ensemble. Not only will these keep you and your children visible, it will help you find your way while you’re going house to house throughout the Sienna Hills Community. Another costume hack is substituting a mask for face paint. That way, your child’s view won’t be obstructed. If the costume includes props, be sure they are soft and flexible.

Spending the Night Indoors

If you’ve decided to opt out of the traditional festivities for a night inside, there’s a few things you can do to keep your night as pleasant as possible. First thing to know is, if you’re welcoming the Sienna Hills trick-or-treaters, keep your porch light on. This seems to be the most universal sign for “we’re home and we have candy.” If you’re not welcoming trick-or-treaters, simply flip it off or put up a sign.

A great way to include all kids on this spooky night is with the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can use a teal pumpkin outside your home to symbolize that you have non-food treats, or treats that do not include allergens. If you’d like to learn more you can visit their website.

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in America! Following a few easy safety precautions will ensure you an even greater holiday! Hope to see you trick-or-treaters around the Sienna Hills Community!

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Healthy Back-to-School Lunches

Welcome to a new school year! Back-to-school is an exciting time—make sure your kiddo is fueled with nutritious, yummy food to excel every day.

Michael Pollan, a well-known author and foodie, believes there is no “practice less selfish . . . than preparing something delicious and nourishing for the people you love.” Packing healthy lunches and snacks for your child as he or she sets off to one of Sienna Hills’ top-notch schools can and should be a rewarding experience. Whether you fill a lunchbox each morning or devise a system that works for your schedule (pack the night before? prep everything over the weekend for easy grabbing throughout the week?), realize the tremendous benefit of providing healthy, delicious lunches and snacks for your child’s school day.

Here are some simple ideas to keep lunches interesting, nutritious, well-rounded, and satisfying:

Jazz up the Classics
Classics are easy to make, travel well, and satisfy the body. Keep them interesting by offering a fresh spin on a trusted standby. PB&J . . . why not add bananas, or roll up in a tortilla instead of sliced bread?  Tuna sandwich . . . consider cutting into the shape of a fish, and pair with cheesy Goldfish crackers.

Make It Bento
Organizing food into portioned compartments adds visual interest for a child, and may increase the amount consumed versus wasted. Add color and variety by offering green sugar snap peas, red watermelon, orange baby carrots, and yellow golden delicious apple slices.

Just-right Snacks
Snacks are essential to keeping kids energized and focused throughout the school day. Liven up the presentation of healthy foods—cheese and meat kabobs, no-bake granola bars, sliced apple and peanut butter towers—and know you are providing a tool for success.

For limitless ideas, tips, and healthy recipes for school lunches, check out Pinterest; your kiddo will thank you. Happy eating!

 

Sienna Hills is a planned community of new homes in Buckeye priced from the high $100s. Families enjoy quality schools and spectacular recreation opportunities. Visit us online to learn more about our location in “Arizona’s Biggest Small Town.”

Back-to-School Tips

August means back to school, and for many, school has already begun. Oftentimes the transition from summer to a new school year can be difficult for the whole family. We came up with a few of our favorite back to school tips to share to hopefully make the transition easier and to help make this school year one of the best yet!

Tip #1: Sleep Schedule
Late summer nights can make early school mornings difficult and unpleasant. We’ve found the best way to combat grumpy school-goers is to ease into the transition by starting the new schedule early. It’s going to be much easier if you start a few weeks before school even starts (if you have the time). Start by going to bed early and waking up earlier, as opposed to just getting up at 6am right off the bat. Set timers and alarms, be strict, and even try to implement the schedule on the weekends.

Tip #2: Utilize your weekends
While the weekends are a good time to relax and catch up on some R&R, they are also a great time to prepare for the coming week and get ahead so you don’t fall behind. Plan and prep school lunches and dinners, so that busy mornings are easier and packed school nights run more smoothly. The weekend is also a perfect time to get a jump on the kid’s homework and plan for busy nights, where schoolwork could potentially be put off. Anticipating a hectic schedule will make life a lot easier in the long run.

Tip #3: Organize the Closet
For those who wear uniforms, consider yourselves lucky to be able to skip this step in the morning. Planning the whole week of outfits on Sunday night eliminates your kids standing in front of the closet for 20 minutes screaming “I have nothing to wear.” Another tip is to pack any clothing or equipment that will be needed for after school activities in the morning, to eliminate stress or forgetting anything.

Tip #4: Make a Central Landing Pad
Once you’ve gotten everything together, i.e. lunches, backpack, homework/important papers, after school bags, put them all in one designated place. The worst thing is getting a call from the school that something important that your child needs was left behind. If your family gets in the habit of putting everything in the same place everyday, nothing will get left behind, hopefully!

Tip #5: Communicate
The key to any successful relationship or task is communication. Talk to your kids about their days and how they are feeling about the school year. Talk to the teachers to make sure your child is performing at their best and to make sure no problems are arising. Being involved and up-to-date on your kids’ lives and activities is going to make everything run more smoothly.

We hope that everyone has a fantastic and safe school year. We can’t wait to see all the fun activities and accomplishments the Sienna Hills Community will have over the next year!

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Step on Up: Best Food Trucks in Buckeye and Beyond

Few things in the food world garner as much excitement as food trucks—and for good reason. Food trucks offer quick, exquisite, and unique fare in an outdoor setting. These kitchens on wheels are taking our culture by storm, and we’re loving it.

Here’s a sampling of the best food trucks in Buckeye and Metro Phoenix:

Buckeye’s Best Food Trucks

Jacky’s Mexican Food
Mouth-watering burritos, carne asada tacos, and shrimp tostadas—reward your taste buds with this authentic Mexican fare. There are rave reviews for Buckeye’s hidden gem!

Harris’ Smokehouse
This establishment offers generations-old family recipes and rubs, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ, delicious sides, and more—all served with a smile—and will have you coming back for more.

Taste of Phoenix

SugarPlum Froyo
Satisfy your sweet tooth and cool down with this invitingly pink food truck offering topping options galore. The combinations are endless—what creation will you make?

The Maine Lobster Lady
Maine lobster in Arizona? You betcha. This best-of-the-best “lobster shack on wheels” has been serving up wicked good lobster rolls for years—earning well-deserved accolades along the way.

Mustache Pretzels
Just need a snack? Why not try a Nutstache—an original hand-rolled soft pretzel drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with nuts? They were awarded Best of the Valley in 2016, and totally deserved it.

Sure, you love to cook in your beautiful kitchen, but sometimes you just need a night out. No matter your hankering, food trucks can satiate your every craving. Luckily, residents of Sienna Hills are conveniently located to partake in the all the food truck craze has to offer, in Buckeye and beyond.

Looking for more? Check out this recent list of the best food trucks in Metro Phoenix.

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6 Money-Saving Tips for Moving to Your New Home

You’ve bought a beautiful new home in Sienna Hills—congratulations! Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to save money when moving day arrives.

Here are 6 money-saving tips for moving that will make the process a breeze:

  1. Make a budget: This all-important (and all-too-often overlooked) first step helps you determine and plan for the inevitable expenses associated with moving and also keeps you on track once the process begins.
  2. Downsize and declutter: Simply put, the more you have, the more you have to move (and therefore, the more it will cost). Go through your home and place every item in one of four categories: keep, toss, donate, or sell. Who knows, you may even make some money! If you don’t know where to start, check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for some great pointers.
  3. Shop around: Whether you pack and move yourself or hire a moving company, you’ll want to make some calls or surf the web to get the best deal available. Be sure to read the fine print and make sure you’re comparing apples to apples.  
  4. Pack it right: You’ve pared down your items—now it’s time to start packing. Organization is key. Be sure to group items as it makes sense to you, don’t overload boxes too heavily, and label everything. Remember: time is money, so make it easy on yourself and make good use of a Sharpie.
  5. Easy does it: Moving day is here! The way you load your moving truck makes a big difference in keeping your items safe and your efficiency high. After all, it’s more expensive to replace broken items than to keep them safe in the first place.
  6. Embrace the change: Be sure to change your address with USPS. As you’re settling in to your new home, watch the mail for great money-saving coupons available for local services and products in your new place.

 

Ensure your moving experience is a positive one and free up your time and money to enjoy all the Sienna Hills community has to offer.

Sienna Hills is a planned community of new homes in Buckeye priced from the high $100s. Visit us online to learn more about our location in “Arizona’s Biggest Small Town.”

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