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Back to School – Researching Schools in Your New Neighbourhood

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A Crafty Kids Christmas

Make the most wonderful time of the year even more memorable with a few Christmas DIY décor projects. There are plenty of crafts suitable for all age groups, so gather your elves, deck those halls and bring a little more joy to the world.

Count it Down: A DIY paper cup advent calendar is fun for every age group – and a great way to help younger kids with learning numbers and counting. We like this adorable reindeer calendar. Pop a chocolate for each kiddo inside every cup and let the countdown begin!

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Hot Halloween Tricks for Cool Décor Treats.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins (and lets face it - Anna, Elsa and Olaf characters) will soon roam Alberta’s streets in the quest for candy. So the question we have is - is your house Halloween ready for the BIG BOO?

Many of us quiver at the thought of blow-up spiders and fluorescent window vinyl witches upstaging our perfectly landscaped lawns and beautiful new homes. Not to mention trying to stay ‘green’ on this hallowed day of orange and black. Well no need to fear dear homeowners, for we’ve found a few spooky DIY décor ideas that won’t frighten Martha Stewart or David Suzuki.

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Garage 101

Summer is a perfect time for reorganizing your garage! Garages are often the place where everyone in the family dumps anything they can’t find a home for. So wouldn’t it make sense to create a garage space where you’re able to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily, without all the frustration?

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Considering Your Children’s Schooling When Buying a Home

We know that buying a new home can be a stressful process, but when you add children into the mix it can get even more complicated! One of the first things a parent thinks about is “Where will my children go to school?”. Did you know, 7% of the schools in Calgary are over 4 years old and are simply too crowded, so here are some helpful things to consider when deciding where you want to buy your next home:

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Spring Fling

Now that the snow is starting to melt and the sun is shining, let us fling right into Spring! Here are three of the most fun and original DIY home ideas to get right into the season.

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Aromatherapy For the Home

Make your home a calm and healing environment with aromatherapy. We often think that aromatherapy is just a way to make our homes smell fresh, but when used in a medicinal fashion, there are amazing healing benefits. You would be surprised how often we unknowingly experience aromatherapy benefits in our daily lives. We are exposed to so many different scents throughout the day; some trigger positive emotions while others create the opposite response.

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Vampire Energy – What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Excel Homes is committed to building energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes. Here is an easy tip to benefit your pocket book (and the planet)!

Did you know that most appliances continue using electricity even when they are turned off? This inadvertent use of energy is referred to as Vampire Energy. It happens when an electrical device has an external power supply. This can be avoided by simply unplugging your appliances or using an energy saving Smart Power strip. Smart Power strips work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode.

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Incorporating Children Into Your Home Design

When deciding what changes you can make in your household to include your children, you should consider that they have two main domains - their bedrooms and their playroom. While this may sound limiting remember it can be for the greater good of the family unit. Why? Your house needs to be organized in order to be functional, and as a result you will have more time to spend with your family instead of cleaning up after them! The logic is that if you create spaces for your kids to flourish in; you will not be disappointed in what they create within it!

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Easy Ways to Decorate a Kid's Room on a Budget!

They say that a creative environment can aid in improving a child's learning ability. But let's not forget that a creative bedroom is also a lot of fun, and great for the imagination! Here are some affordable (and easy) ways to give your child's bedroom a bit of a pizzazz!

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Summer Loving

With summer officially here, it’s the best time of the year to get outdoors, bask in the sunshine and enjoy our favorite outdoor spaces in the home. However, after the long winter there is almost inevitably some work that needs to be done to freshen up our outdoor areas... now, where to start?