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Blog Archive for December, 2017

13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on 13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

It’s the morning after Christmas with the family happily enjoying their gifts in the den… and oodles of leftover shimmery, shiny wrapping paper. You thought filigreed wrapping paper from a posh boutique for your mother-in-law was an extempore, noble gift, but now you have a whole roll left! So, what to do?

We know many creatives out there will have their guests unwrap gifts slowly and carefully not ruin the wrapping paper! Why save wrapping paper? Well, there are many uses for wrapping paper; here are our thirteen top suggestions.

13. One use for leftover wrapping paper is saving it for the next season. Many people end up developing a collection of glittery rolls after many Christmases. You can find wrapping paper storage containers as specialty stores, or even on Walmart’s website here. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

The holidays are a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. But if you don’t make some plans for the smallest members of the family, their shenanigans at the kid’s table could get out of hand. Here are eight ways to keep restless kids happy during all your big and festive family holiday get-togethers.

1. Set out a unique table runner.

Run brown or white kraft paper down the length of the kids’ table and place crayons or washable markers at each child’s setting. Encourage the kids to decorate however they like; after the meal, hang the masterpiece along a wall or above the fireplace so everyone can admire the budding artists in the family. (Use removable poster tape or strips to hang the art so your wall doesn’t get damaged.)

2. Print out placemats.

You don’t need to be extra fancy – of course you can design your own custom placemats, but you can also simply paste coloring pages, one with each child’s name, on heavier-duty butcher or kraft paper. If you don’t already plan to have colored pencils, crayons or markers out, integrate three or four into a napkin ring or cup for each child that will serve as extra decor on the table. Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts That Give Back

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Gifts That Give Back

It’s already mid-December and looking to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list while balancing holiday parties, decorating and the usual work, home and family responsibilities may be taking its toll on your merry disposition. So we’ve assembled a list of ideas that may help ease your holiday shopping stress while helping others at the same time:

See What Your Friends are Selling.

Many people have their own side businesses in network marketing or on Etsy, for example. Before you hit the big stores, try shopping with and from your friends. You might find beautiful crafts and artwork, cookware, baby products, candles, food gifts and more. Your purchase will give your friends more income during the holiday season, and you will find unique gifts for the special people in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

San Joaquin Valley Homes to Build 37 Additional Homes at Viscaya, An 87-Unit Master-Planned Community in Dinuba, Calif.

Categories: Press Releases | Posted: December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on San Joaquin Valley Homes to Build 37 Additional Homes at Viscaya, An 87-Unit Master-Planned Community in Dinuba, Calif.

Brisk Sales, High Demand for Affordable Homes Prompts Expansion 

DINUBA, Calif.San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) announced it will build 37 more homes at Viscaya, a master-planned community that originally offered 87 three- and four-bedroom single-family homes when it opened in November 2016.

“Since sales have been so brisk and demand for these beautiful, affordable homes has been so high, we feel we owe it to the community to expand our offerings at Viscaya,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Common Home Myths Busted!

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 4, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Common Home Myths Busted!

In a time where home maintenance shows are on TV around the clock and homeowners can share the latest household tips on social media with the click of a button, there is no shortage of home maintenance advice. These tips have been shared so many times most people take them at face value and don’t question their validity. So it may be surprising to learn many commonly known tips are in fact wrong and could cause more harm than good. Here are 10 common myths and what you can do instead.

1. Throw a Lemon Down the Disposal to Eliminate Smells

The citric acid in a lemon will eliminate odors, but it will also cause rust. On top of that, frequent spins with lemons can cause the blades of your disposal to wear down and ultimately cause damage to your pipes. Instead, try throwing baking soda down your drain. It will neutralize the odor and it won’t eat away at the metal. Read the rest of this entry »