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Posted August 23 By Tracy O'Connell

back to school basics

Many parents feel that back to school in September is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also when the lazy days of summer are replaced with earlier bedtimes, scheduled activities and evening homework. Given that there’s always an adjustment period for parents and children, we’ve put together a back to school cheat sheet to help you get organized.

Fall Feasts
Posted August 17 By Tracy O'Connell

we’re falling for autumn décor

Although we’re hanging on to these long summer days, we can’t help but notice that a few golden leaves have made a surprise appearance on the trees. Wander through Calgary’s big box stores and you’ll even find Halloween – and in some cases Christmas – décor displayed. So, lets make the transition into autumn a little easier with a touch of seasonally chic décor. Have a read and get inspired with a few of our favourite, fall finds: 

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Posted August 10 By Tracy O'Connell

Excel summer series: 3 simple ways to create a backyard oasis

Summertime is in full swing, but something is missing... find out how to make the most of your backyard during the summer months by applying these 3 simple landscaping tricks.  We guarantee to have your neighbours talking about your backyard oasis all summer long!

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Posted August 9 By Tracy O'Connell

Employee spotlight: shelley dziuba, production assistant

Excel Homes is committed to creating innovative and thoughtfully designed homes and providing unparalleled value to our homeowners. To accomplish this, we rely on a team of dedicated individuals. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on our fabulous production assistant Shelley Dziuba.

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Posted August 8 By Tracy O'Connell

Events around town – august edition

Read our monthly events blog to find out the great events our city of Calgary and surrounding area has to offer. This month we look forward to fireworks, opera and a yogathon! Read on to find out the details of the events and how to take part!

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Posted July 26 By Tasha McGrath

Designer décor for kids

Decorating and furnishing your kids’ bedrooms is a chance to let your inner child shine through. Whether you go for big, bright and bold, soft, light and whimsical or somewhere in between, the décor project shouldn’t break the bank – as let’s face it, kid’s grow up quickly and their personal style and needs can change on a dime. Here are a few of our favourite design ideas that will help you create a magical space for your little darling.

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Posted July 21 By Tracy O'Connell

Excel summer series: how to give your lawn the perfect manicure

Last week we learnt how to throw your kiddos a backyard bash so this week we will find out how to make sure the lawn is in top form.  In order to learn how to manicure your lawn to perfection, we need to unleash the secrets from the lawn pros. So start your mowers and get ready to impress!

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Posted July 19 By Tracy O'Connell

Excel homes organization series: lovely laundries

Is your laundry room underwhelming? A poorly lit room where single socks and dryer lint run rampant? Given the many hours we spend washing, sorting, and folding clothes, we feel the laundry room should be a welcoming space. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to show your laundry room some love with a few of these simple tips and tricks:

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Posted July 12 By Tracy O'Connell

Top spots to picnic in greater calgary

The Calgary region is bursting with lush, green parks and playgrounds that are perfect for picnicking. As everyone loves a day at the park, we’ve chatted with our employees and homeowners to find out their favourite places for al fresco dining. Check out which parks scored top spots on our list! 

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Posted July 7 By Tracy O'Connell

excel summer series: throwing your kiddos a backyard bash

School is out for summer!  With the July long weekend behind us, we are looking forward to the weekends ahead.  We’ve got the details of planning an adult party under control, now we need to entertain the kids!  It’s their turn to let loose and make the most of their backyards during the summer months.  We've broken down the party essentials into three easy steps that are guaranteed to have your neighbourhood kids talking about your shindig all summer long.

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Posted July 5 By Tracy O'Connell

Excel homes charity spotlight: hospice calgary

Giving back to our community is one of Excel’s core values. Throughout the year we organize a host of fundraising events and volunteering opportunities for our employees and their families. One of our favourite annual company sponsored events is Not Just A Walk In the Park, in support of Hospice Calgary.

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Posted June 29 By Tracy O'Connell

Excel summer series: learn how to grill like a boss

Last week we learnt how to throw an Epic Backyard Party so this week we will find out how to prepare some good eats. In order to learn how to BBQ like a boss just in time for Stampede, we need to unleash the secrets from the best grillers in the world. So throw that apron on and get on that backyard grill!