Is it Time to Add a Garden on Your Home?

Colorado is undoubtedly a unique place to live and we celebrate our diversity every chance we get. It doesn’t seem surprising that many of the people here have gotten into “Urban Homesteading”. This new trend, that people do for a variety of reasons, is all about growing food in an urban environment.

At Interstate Roofing we love seeing the diversity and creativity that comes out in your urban gardens and it’s just another reason that we love to serve this community. Check out this article if you are trying to get your own garden going this spring.

http://www.5280.com/backyardbountyUrban Homesteading in the Mile High City | 5280 When the first pioneers rolled into Colorado via covered wagon, they had no alternative to growing, raising, and hunting their own food. Today, it’s by choice that an increasing number of Denverites are planting veggies, raising chickens, and even milking goats in their backyards. You may be wondering, Why bother?

“People are coming at this from a gajillion different places,” says Dana Miller, co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, a group of appointed volunteers that advises the mayor. Think: preppers who want to be self-sustaining in case of the zombie apocalypse; do-gooders on a mission to help solve food-access problems; DIY-happy hipsters into handcrafted everything; parents worried about pesticides; and foodies craving the freshest flavors.

No matter your motivation, you’re in luck if you live in the Mile High City, where, over the past half-decade, urban homesteading restrictions common in other towns have loosened considerably. Hens and goats have been legal residents in Denver since 2011; Colorado’s 2012 Cottage Foods Act allows home cooks to sell low-risk foods prepared in their own kitchens; and last July’s residential sales ordinance means gardeners in Denver can now set up stands to peddle their produce in their front yards. On a larger scale, nonprofits are establishing community gardens in food deserts across town and hosting regular classes on beekeeping, raising goats and chickens, and preserving fresh produce. 5280.com

 

How are You Coping with the Crazy Weather?

San Antonio has been hit with some tornadoes that have caused damage to hundreds of homes but, thankfully, only minor injuries have been reported. We at Dwelling Suites are glad that you are all okay.

It seems that the despite the damaging effects of the storm some people decided to get on social media to tell is what the thought when it happened. Weather can be unpredictable but it looks like some of you are making the most out of a bad situation. Stay safe out there, San Antonio.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/weather/article/San-Antonio-takes-to-social-media-to-laugh-off-10945559.phpSan Antonio takes to social media to laugh off February tornadoes, storms – San Antonio Express-News While tornadoes were destroying parts of San Antonio Sunday night, many rode out the storm on Twitter, making jokes about things like the bizarre weather changes, and moms angry about missing TV novelas.

The National Weather Service confirmed multiple tornadoes touched down in the area Sunday. More than 100 homes were damaged and only minor injuries were reported, according to local officials.

When weather alerts rang out on smartphones across the city, many took the warning seriously and sought shelter. But others took it as a joke and headed online to laugh about the impending storm. Read more…

 

 

Should Tacos be the National Food of Texas?

We’re not sure if you know this about us but at CLC Roofing, we are pretty big lovers of food. Petitions on the other hand, we tend to like a little bit less. It seems like these days there are petitions for almost everything but we finally found one that we might be able to get behind.

A new petition wants to make tacos the national food of Texas. We think there could be a lot of different foods that would make a good candidate for the official state food, but we do like the versatility of the taco. What do you think?

http://www.dallasnews.com/life/texana/2017/02/20/make-tacos-national-food-texas-petition-saysMake tacos the ‘national’ food of Texas, petition says | Texana | Dallas News

A new change.org petition wants Texans to embrace a new official state symbol: the taco.

Launched by taco author and journalist Mando Rayo, the petition suggests the taco as an alternative to chili con carne, the state dish of Texas since 1977.

“People here eat tacos five days a week. Tacos were here before Texas was Texas,” Rayo told the Texas Standard. “Tacos were not imported here, they were from here. They’re from this land. They’re from the people.”

The taco is a more diverse dish than chili, and Rayo said that makes it a better representative for the Lone Star State. From simple gas station tacos in Dallas, to the trendy vegan variety in Austin, to traditional breakfast tacos in the Rio Grande Valley, the taco is infinitely adaptable.

You can even put chili in a tortilla and call it a taco. Same goes for the other unofficial contender for state food: barbecue. Read more…

 

 

 

Get the Most Out of Your Homes Resale Value

When you buy a home you are making an investment. There are several things that you can do to get the most out of it. One of the most important things is to  take care of it and protect it. You can help protect your investment from the often harsh Colorado Springs elements like, hail and wind, by having an experienced Colorado springs roofer, install a roof made with quality materials.

Once you know you have a solid exterior you can start to make changes on the interior and know that your upgrades will be protected. Check out some other ways that can help you get the most money out of your home below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hr-block-list-2_us_586fea03e4b043ad97e34e6a6 Easy Ways To Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

First time home owners know that buying a home is one of the most important investments that you can make. And while signing the papers on your first home can feel like putting down roots in your perfect pad, the reality is that most millennial homeowners end up moving multiple times, due to changing family and career factors. That’s why your home’s resale value should be a primary focus right from the get-go.

Selling a first home can seem even more stressful than purchasing one, but these simple tips on boosting your home’s resale value can go a long way in removing the stress from the equation. That’s why we’ve partnered with H&R Block to bring homeowners a guide to home improvement projects with the best return on investment. Whether you’re looking to sell now or in the distant future, knowing how to boost your property value is a great investment in your future.

 

 

 

Free Things to Do in Colorado This February | 5280

February is usually way too cold to want to go out and do anything. We typically countdown the days in the short month, reaching for spring, but this year we have had a pleasant start to the month.

There’s no telling what the next few weeks will hold, it is after all, Colorado weather we’re talking about. At Interstate Roofing Colorado Springs, we are hoping the weather will stay nice for us all.  Check out this list and find some fun activities all across Colorado.

http://www.5280.com/events/digital/2017/02/free-things-do-colorado-februaryFree Things to Do in Colorado This February | 5280 It’s a short month, but there are still plenty of free events to keep your social calendar full.

 

 

Have Books Made an Impact on Your Life?

Calling all bibliophiles! We know there are some of you in our Denver senior living center. A new book by author, Will Schwalbe, details how different literary works have impacted his life. Check out the full review of Books for Living below from our friends at 5280.

http://www.5280.com/cultureandevents/books/digital/2017/02/colorado-bookshelf-%E2%80%9Cbooks-living%E2%80%9DColorado Bookshelf: “Books For Living” | 5280 I first opened Books For Living while waiting to board a plane at Denver International Airport. As I started reading the introduction, the moment struck me as serendipitous: The book’s opening scene takes place in an airport. Author Will Schwalbe details what he’s dubbed the Reader’s Nightmare: He’s about to board a plane when he realizes he’s completely book-less. Frantically, he runs through the airport, looking for a bookstore. The final boarding call is announced over the loudspeakers, but he can’t find a single book anywhere. Faced with missing his flight or boarding the plane literarily starved, he begins to scream. The dream ends as his scream echoes.

In each stand-alone chapter, Schwalbe intimately—and anecdotally—explains a literary work’s impact on his life. His books choices are diverse (David Copperfield and The Taste of Country Cooking both find space in the pages) and sometimes his takeaways are slightly surprising: In his chapter on George Orwell’s 1984, Schwalbe contemplates the stew of isolation, addiction, and fatigue caused by our constant obsession with our screens, social media accounts, and devices. Meanwhile Girl on the Train, a 2015 suspenseful thriller, taught Schwalbe about the importance of trust—even the act of trusting blindly. To see how he arrived at such a lesson, you’ll have to pick up a copy. Read more…

 

We’ll Handle the Exterior and Leave the Interior Designing to You

At Neighborhood Restoration Company we pride ourselves in being experts in the Chicago roofing community. We are trained to handle your roof as if it was our own. We only use quality materials to protect you from the harsh elements outside. So you can fill the interior with the latest fashion trends, like these from IKEA, and you will know your belongings are safe.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Home/February-2017/IKEAs-New-Fashion-Forward-Collection-North-Shore-Sales-and-a-Big-Home-Show/IKEA’s New Fashion-Forward Collection, North Shore Sales, and a Big Home Show | Chicago magazine | Home & Garden February 2017 Fashion and furniture are colliding in SPRIDD, the latest collection from IKEA (ikea.com).

Launched in collaboration with emerging fashion designer Kit Neale, the pattern-rich collection revolves around four different styles. Inspired by, as the Swedish retailer puts it, “today’s nomadic youth,” the festival-friendly collection includes lightweight tents and trays, as well as dorm-worthy staples like duvet covers (twin size, of course), bean bag chairs, and storage boxes.

 

 

 

 

For Abash Rugs, Quality and Design Are Essential – D Magazine

At Lon Smith Roofing we specialize in taking care of the outside of your home. We use quality materials, and experienced roofers to ensure that your roof is a step above the rest. The reason we think it is so important, other than it adds value to your investment, is because we know how important it is to protect everything you have inside.

If you are hoping to add onto or restore your home make sure that your roof is in good condition before you begin adding things like these quality rugs.

http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-home/2017/january-february/for-abash-rugs-quality-and-design-are-essential/For Abash Rugs, Quality and Design Are Essential – D Magazine Abrash Rugs is a name that’s been familiar to designers since 2000, when the family-owned company opened its showroom in the Dallas Design Center. But the name itself reveals a clue into the company’s selections: It refers to the change in color that happens in rugs made with natural dyes.

“When they use a vegetable dye, even if they used the same color, the next one doesn’t come out the same,” says Fara Kayone of Abrash Rugs. That echoes the tenets behind the company she runs with her husband, Alireza: originality and quality. All their rugs are made with vegetable dyes and handspun wool—never machine made. But such high quality often means high cost.

Bucking that tradition, the couple has launched two new lines: The Swedish Collection and Luxury Modern. The fine quality they’re known for still stands, but with a fresh, modern designs and price points more accessible for younger clients. “It’s something for people with good taste but limited budget,” Fara says.

Their to-the-trade rugs from the Swedish Collection can start as low as $1,500. (Both collections still have higher price-point options, though.) The real difference comes down to design and manufacturing: The Swedish Collection features Swedish-designed rugs, while the Luxury Modern collection is created by American and European designers with rugs made mainly in Nepal and India.

 

Our Community is Made of Good Deeds

One of the reasons we, at Exterior Remodel & Design, love doing roofing in Omaha is because the city is filled with people who are doing good deeds. It’s all the little things that make this such a great community to be a part of. So when we see or hear of someone doing a great deed we can’t help but say thank you for making our home awesome.

Check this story about how Joey Wolfe, a team member at the Hope Center for Kids Omaha saves a squirrel. The video is worth a watch too!

http://www.omaha.com/news/goodnews/omaha-man-who-came-to-aid-of-stuck-squirrel-receives/article_1b68ba28-ed69-11e6-91b5-53b7d4085928.htmlOmaha man who came to aid of stuck squirrel You’d have to be nuts to not appreciate this. An Omaha man who came to the aid of a squirrel in danger is being honored by a national animal rights organization.

On Jan. 31, Wolfe was on his way to work when he noticed a squirrel with its head stuck in a single serve cereal bowl. Wolfe said he feared the struggling animal, which was darting in and out of traffic on North 20th Street, would be hit by a car and killed.

“It would have been really sad to come out later that day to see a squirrel with a cereal bowl on his head, dead in the street,” Wolfe said after the incident. “It would have been a tragic thing.”

Even though he was worried about getting bitten, Wolfe said he felt compelled to help and tried to brush the bowl off with a broom. When that didn’t work, he eased up to the animal and grabbed the bowl from its head. The freed squirrel ran away and scampered up a nearby tree.

 

 

 

 

5 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Dates | 5280

Believe it our not Valentine’s Day has snuck up on us again. If you haven’t got anything planned yet don’t worry we, at St. Andrew’s Village, have been on the hunt for the perfect ideas.  If are trying to break out of the normal, fancy dinner traditions, here are a few ideas the whole family will enjoy.

http://www.5280.com/kidsandfamily/magazine/2017/01/5-kid-friendly-valentines-day-dates5 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Dates
Learn to Bake
February 8 or 14; $55 per cake or six cupcakes
South Denver’s My Make Studio allows you to decorate your cake and eat it, too. Each of the two V Day–themed classes starts with a lesson in professional decorating.

Learn About Chocolate
February 12; $15 to $17 for kids, $10 to $12 for adults
Denver Botanic Gardens’ blooms are beautiful. But if flowers feel a little clichéd for Valentine’s Day, give yourself (and your inquisitive kiddo) a more engaging present with a workshop about cacao trees and how their beans transform into luscious chocolates. Once you know the backstory, use your newfound knowledge to create your own box of chocolates.

Enjoy Outdoor Antics At Pine Valley Ranch Park
All Month; Free
Less than an hour’s drive from Denver, Pine Valley Ranch Park is an idyllic setting for a winter excursion. Besides the six miles of hiker-only footpaths (we like the 0.8-mile Park View Trail), you’ll find an island featuring a Chinese pagoda, a warming hut complete with a fireplace. Read more…