ways to save money when you move

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.”

National Ice Cream Day!

National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 16th and what better way to beat this Arizona heat than with a nice scoop (or two or three) of delicious ice cream! We are laying out some of our favorite places around the valley to find that sweet treat you are craving.

Old Time

MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain (Downtown Phoenix)

Craving a root beer float? Or any kind of soda fountain classic? Then you need to head over to MacAlpine’s Diner & Soda Fountain. Located in downtown Phoenix, this place takes you right back to the 50’s.

 

Sugar Bowl (Old Town Scottsdale)

With its bright pink exterior, this place is hard to miss in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. They have everything you would want from classic sundaes and malts to single scoops of your favorite flavors.

New Time

Creamistry (Scottsdale Waterfront)

Creamistry takes picking your own flavor of ice cream to the next level. This made to order ice cream shop freezes your mixture right in front of you with liquid nitrogen for a fun and delicious experience.

Below Freezing (Thai Rolled Ice Cream) (19th Ave & Union Hills)

This unique way to eat your ice cream comes all the way from Asia. These places are popping up all over the valley and are putting a new spin on how to eat ice cream. They take the cream and all the ingredients for your flavor, mix them together and flatten them out on a cold surface. Next, they roll the mixture into 5 to 6 rolls and place it in the cup! Can you say delicious!

Classics

Churn (Downtown Phoenix)

With tons of unique flavor options, multiple cone styles and even the option for ice cream sandwiches, this place just might be our favorite. Even better, they use fresh ingredients and no additives so you know you’re making a somewhat healthy choice.

Froyo

Dream Swirl (Goodyear)

A healthier, lighter version of ice cream, frozen yogurt is still very popular. There are tons of different places to go, but Dream Swirl is just 15 minutes down the road from Sienna Hills Community and has great flavors.

 

Unexpected

The Frozen Monkey (Goodyear)

Not ice cream, but still a delicious frozen treat, The Frozen Monkey specializes in all things shaved ice. With tons of delicious flavors you are sure to find a combination that you love.

 

things to do in summer in Buckeye

Get Ready for Family Fun: Things to Do in Buckeye This Summer

Summer. Is. Here. And you’re in luck—there are so many things to do this summer in Buckeye.  Your days will likely be filled with adventurous outdoor activities at the Sienna Hills’ community pool, parks, and surrounding open spaces, but when you’re ready for a change of pace, take advantage of the plethora of opportunities awaiting you.

Here is a list of family activities to get you started this summer:

Salt River Tubing – May 1–September 4   9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.  (Maricopa County)
The pool at Sienna Hills is an everyday oasis, but when you’re searching for something to shake up the routine, an inner tube may be the answer. Enjoy a cool, relaxing float down the Lower Salt River, a Phoenix summertime tradition.

Desert Botanical Garden—Flashlight Tours – Thursdays & Saturdays, May 27–September 2  7:00–9:30 p.m.  (Phoenix)
Grab a flashlight and explore the sensory adventures awaiting you on this self-guided tour. Experience unique plant and animal nightlife, an activity perfect for the whole family.

Harkins Theatres—Summer Movie Fun – May 29–August 4   9:45 a.m.  (Phoenix metro)
Take a break from the heat and enjoy a kid-friendly weekly movie event all summer long. This super-affordable, first-come, first-serve activity showcases G- and PG-rated movies and is sure to please.

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration – Tuesday, July 4    6:00–9:30 p.m.  (Buckeye)
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with flair. Head over to Youngker High School for a night of family fun activities, all-American eats and treats, and a can’t-miss spectacular fireworks show.

Phoenix Zoo—Winter in July – Saturday, July 15   (Phoenix)
Blizzards, squirt guns, and snowmen, oh my! Beat the heat and chill out with wild animals at the zoo-turned-winter wonderland, complete with icy treats and a Cool Zone.

Also be sure to take advantage of free days at local museums and check out free concerts and movies in the parks throughout the city. Fortunately, residents of Sienna Hills are perfectly located to take in all the fun family activities in and near Buckeye. Explore the mecca of things to do in summer awaiting your discovery. What are you waiting for?

Celebrating Father’s Day in the Valley

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate our dads who do so much for us every day! There are so many fun activities around the valley for Dads, we thought we would share a few of our favorite places to go. We hope everyone has a fun, safe and enjoyable Father’s Day!

Baseball Game: Baseball season is in full swing and there is no better way to spend a summer day with Dad than at the ballpark! Unfortunately, there aren’t any home games the weekend of Father’s Day, but visit the Diamondbacks website to find a day that works for you.

Botanical Gardens: During the summer months, the Desert Botanical Gardens is offering flashlight tours during the evening, which could be a fun activity to do the night before Father’s Day, plus all dads get FREE admission.

Lunch/Dinner at a local Brewery: There are so many great breweries around the Phoenix area, so if your dad is a big beer lover, Father’s Day is the perfect time to explore a new place. A few options closer to home in Buckeye include, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company, The Litchfield Taproom and 8-Bit Aleworks.

Top Golf: Located near the Talking Stick Resort (a great place for a staycation might we add), this is a fun activity for the whole family. A multi-level driving range that has endless options for interactive golf games plus amazing food, just screams Father’s Day.

Pool Day: If you want a more relaxed Father’s Day, a great option would be a day by our lovely Sienna Hills Community pool! Enjoy the pool and your family!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you spend it with family. We would love to know what Father’s Day plans you may have. Share them with us on our Sienna Hills Facebook page!

summer activities for kids in buckeye

Can’t-Miss Summer Activities and Camps in Buckeye

Get ready, summer is just around the corner! For residents at Sienna Hills, the awesome community pool and parks provide all-day fun, but check out these enriching summer activities for kids in Buckeye and make this break from school one your kids will never forget. With so much to do in Buckeye, which summer activity will you choose?

City of Buckeye – Youth Summer Camps
Stay sharp over break and learn something new, explore STEM activities, make crafts, play games, master cooking projects, and so much more!

Camp Zoo
This can’t-miss learning adventure at the Phoenix Zoo offers up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities and games, and in-depth investigations your child will remember for years to come.

The Goddard School Summer Camps
If you’ve got a kindergartner through 5th grader, enrich his or her summer experience with STEAM-based activities offered at The Goddard School. Day camp activities include cooking, game play, performing, critical-thinking puzzle solving, and much more.

Buckeye Public Library – Summer Reading Program and Events
All branches of the library offer free events throughout the summer to keep kids engaged and always learning. Check out the events calendar for a fun activity near you, and be sure to sign up for the always-exciting summer reading program.

Anderson Institute of Music & Performing Arts (AIM)
Whether it’s through music or theater, indulge the performer in your family with camps designed to unleash his or her potential.

For residents of Sienna Hills, enjoying life is a way of life. After all, its prime location affords opportunities to hike in nature or take advantage of Buckeye’s bustling activity lineup. So get out there and experience it all! Hello summer!!

tips for decorating a new home

8 Tips for Decorating Your New Home

You bought a new house—congratulations! This is your opportunity for a fresh start. A new house is a blank slate, a chance to renew your life, your outlook, and your style. Have fun!

At Sienna Hills, new houses in Buckeye, AZ come complete with features such as spacious, open floor plans perfect for entertaining; energy-efficient appliances and finishes; and innovative designs, each constructed with high-quality craftsmanship—but it’s up to you to make your house a home. When making this transformation, you may wonder where to start when decorating.

Here are 8 tips to get you started on the path toward personalized style and utter contentment with your new home:

  1. Declutter: First things first—before you even move in, cut ties with that which won’t serve you in your new life. Take the time to go through your things and pack only those that you cherish and want in this new chapter. You’ll be glad you made room for your new beginning.
  2. Settle in: Before you start spending money to furnish and decorate your new space, particularly on big-ticket items, take a few months to settle in and learn the flows of the house. Let the space speak to you and show you its best utilization.
  3. Choose a style: Take a peek at Pinterest or peruse magazines to decide a style you like. What inspires you? Industrial, vintage, farmhouse, rustic, or classy? Even if you can’t decide, this research will offer exciting ideas you can brainstorm until you embrace a style that best represents YOU.
  4. Focus: Every room should have a focal point. Maybe it’s a boldly painted wall, an eye-catching antique hutch, or a conversation-starting piece of art. Whatever you choose, consider what you want your room to say. What do you love most about each room? Accent it!
  5. Make it pop: Rugs and curtains are necessities in most spaces; use them to your decorative advantage—make them pull double duty by choosing colors or patterns that pop and add texture and depth to a room.
  6. Keep it odd: When grouping things, whether it’s picture frames on the wall or candles or vases on a table, it’s best to do so in odd numbers. This creates an appealing look. The most common strategy is to decorate in threes, but any odd number will do.
  7. Add a mirror: Maximize the illusion of space and brighten a space with the use of mirrors. Every room should have a mirror, whether it be small and simple or large and decorative. Be sure to place the mirror on a wall perpendicular to one with a window.
  8. Awaken your inner designer: Decorating should be fun and should ultimately represent who you are. Have fun with it; if you spot something you like, figure out how to incorporate it within your style. Embrace your creative side.

There you have it: easy steps to create that “homey” feeling. Follow these tips for decorating your new home and enjoy the transformation. Ready to get started?

 

Sienna Hills is a planned community of new homes in Buckeye priced from the high $100s. No matter their personal style, Sienna Hills residents enjoy community parks, outdoor adventure, and a fun year-round swimming pool that makes home easy to love. Visit us online to learn more about our location in “Arizona’s Biggest Small Town.”

Kids and Pools

The weather is heating up in Arizona and that can mean only one thing, pool season! We can’t wait to see all our residents enjoying our beautiful aquatic center here at Sienna Hills Community, but we also want to make sure all the safety precautions are followed and everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer at the pool.

Let’s first start with some statistics about the dangers of leaving kids unattended around water. Every year over 3,500 people lose their lives by drowning, and 1 in 5 of these people are usually under the age of 14. These are terrible statistics and far too many people don’t understand the real dangers of not knowing water safety

The first tip we’d like to offer up is to teach your children how to swim. Living in Arizona means coming into contact with pools and lakes, so it is crucial that your child knows how to navigate in water. The City of Buckeye offers a wide variety of swim lessons at different levels. Start building your swimming skills today!

Another great thing to consider is floaties and/or life vests. While child floaties are technically not a floatation device and should never be relied on solely, they can definitely help make a child feel more comfortable in the water. Whenever you are out in larger bodies of water or on boats life vests should always be worn.

Most importantly, the adult or guardian in charge of the child in the water needs to be alert. A playful situation can turn into an emergency in the blink of an eye and drowning can sometimes take only 30 seconds. Always have a phone near by and be prepared with CPR knowledge. Here are the 10 best places to take CPR classes in Buckeye.

We want everyone to have the best summer possible, which means brushing up on your water safety knowledge! Hope to see you at the Sienna Hills Community aquatic center.

earth day buckeye

Celebrate Earth Day with Fun Events in Buckeye and Phoenix

Calling all Earth lovers: Earth Day is coming! On Saturday, April 22, join with others in your community and give back to celebrate our amazing Earth.

earth day buckeye

As a recognized effort by 192 countries, Earth Day was established in 1970 to draw collective attention to environmental awareness and protections. Earth Day serves to offer a special reminder to people worldwide the importance of taking care of Mother Earth in every way possible.

If you’re planning to celebrate Earth Day in Buckeye and the greater Phoenix area, here is a list of exciting local events sure to make it a fun-filled day of giving back.

The Bees Knees – Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun Tan Honey Farm invites you to come spread wildflower seeds at Robbins Butte. The conservation of bees is crucial for the health of our planet, and bees love wildflowers! This Earth Day event in Buckeye is sure to benefit our planet for years to come.

Earth Day Phoenix – Saturday, April 22,  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With a focus on sustainability, this 8th annual zero-waste event showcases nearly 100 vendors offering event-goers information about eco-friendly topics including recycling, solar energy, Earth-friendly gardening, and more.

Earth Day 2017 – Phoenix Zoo – Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend the day among Earth’s most majestic animals. Though it celebrates environmental awareness year-round, Earth Day offers the zoo a special occasion to get its word out about sharing the planet and saving endangered species. Enjoy a day of family friendly games and activities that nurture nature.

Earth Day Planting Class for Kids @ The Farm – Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the Garden Girls at The Farm at South Mountain as they educate your little one about growing and eating organic foods. Each child will leave with a freshly planted herb to grow at home. Recommended for 4–9 year-olds; reservation required.  

For residents of Sienna Hills, caring for Earth is an everyday activity—after all, each home in this growing community exhibits innovative, energy-efficient achievements designed by these renowned homebuilders—but on this special day, enjoy giving back with your fellow neighbors and community members and help make Earth Day 2017 a success!

moving to the desert

Tips for Moving to the Desert – Arizona Living

Relocating to the sunny Southwest, where “winter” is a relative term? Congratulations! Adventure awaits you in awe-inspiring Arizona, but there are some things to know before your exciting move to the desert.

Here are some tips to prepare you for the unique lifestyle desert living offers:

Acquire Desert Essentials

  • Adequate sun protection—Whether you choose sunscreen, UV-protective clothing, or a wide-brimmed hat (or all three!), be sure you’re equipped to keep your skin covered from the seemingly ever-present sun. And don’t forget about eye protection—a proper pair of sunglasses are a must. Consider sun shades for your car to protect your seats, and invest in a cooler to keep your perishable groceries crisp during the drive home.
  • Water bottles—Never leave home without one. For added enjoyment, seek insulated bottles that won’t sweat in the heat. And don’t forget about Fido! Whether exploring in the outdoors or driving to the store, always have water on hand.

 

Update Your Shoe Wardrobe

With a year-round climate that encourages you to enjoy the outdoors, expect a new shoe lineup to take you through each day. With rugged terrain as far as the eyes can see, manicured golf courses a plenty, and a deep-seated need for hydration, invest in sturdy hiking boots, comfortable golf shoes, and flip flops with flair. Leave your snow boots behind—you won’t need them here.

Say Goodbye

  • Daylight Saving—When you move to Arizona, there’s no need to fall back or spring forward a single clock. As a state, Arizona does not observe the biannual changing of the clocks for daylight saving time.
  • Snow—Leave your snow shovel behind and experience blizzard- and snowstorm-free winters, but don’t leave your ski equipment behind. Arizona living offers the best of both worlds. Hop in the car and hit the slopes at any of the state’s ski resorts, including Sunrise Park Resort in Greer and Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.

At Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, we’d love the opportunity to share with you why we love desert living and to offer additional tips for moving to the Phoenix area. Give us a call today or come in for a tour. You’ll be happy you did.

Springtime in Buckeye

March 20th was the First Day of Spring and what better time to prepare your garden than by planting flowers. While we do live in the desert, a typical flower garden isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of options for this harsh climate we live in, all of which are sure to transform your home this spring.

No time like the present…

The official first day of spring was March 20th, but thanks to Arizona’s weather, it feels like spring has already been here for a month. If you’re looking to “grow” your garden, now is the time to take action. Because we have warm weather, and ample sunshine early in the year, planting flowers has never been easier. First you need to determine the site of your flower garden. Make sure you stay away from large trees and bushes, as they’ll steal water and nutrients from your flowers. Next, check the soil and break up any clumps. March is the month that weeds start growing quickly, remember to keep up with this maintenance.

Choosing the Right Flowers

Our warm weather gives us one-of-a-kind flowers that bloom in the early spring, and some all year long. Some of the most popular flowers in our climate are:

The Celosia Spicata is perfect for the desert because it cannot handle cold soil. You’ll see this flower in the desert in colors of red, purple and pinks.

The Cleome Hassleriana is a relatively easy plant, especially for beginners. Known as the spider plant, this flower self-sows for years to come.

The Petunia is a staple in most flower gardens. It can be found in just about every color, which fits with whatever your style may be. Petunias can bloom for an entire season, but it’s important to prevent over watering.

Portulaca or Rose Moss is a popular choice for warmer climates. This petite flower blooms in all colors. Because it doesn’t survive well in humid climates, the desert is the best place to start growing them.

Spring is here, and before we know it our 100 degree days will be knocking on our door. Before the weather gets too unbearable, get outside and start planning your flower garden. Happy Planting and Get Growing!

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