“There’s no place like home.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
Thankfully for most of us, finding home is a lot easier than it was for Dorothy Gale. There is no need for a trek along the yellow brick road, ruby slippers, or the clicking of heels. Even so, creating that feeling of home can be more elusive for some than for others.
Homeowners that go on vacation for even a week have a lot to worry about. Single-family homes are prime targets for burglars because they’re isolated with multiple, often secluded, entry points which criminals love. With over one million residential burglaries, how can homeowners have a relaxing vacation?
Some people find Arizona’s summer temperatures to be shocking, especially newcomers who have relocated from northern climes. Occasionally, when the humidity is very low, it may not seem as hot as it really is, but the heat can be a danger whether one is aware of it or not. Dehydration and heat stroke occur slowly and the warning signs can easily be ignored.
Kick off your shoes and trade your sweater for a bathing suit. It’s summertime—and the livin’ can be easy!
We can all agree summer is a time of leisure and good times. Still, that doesn’t always mean going on vacations and to resorts. Sometimes, the most fun can be had in your own backyard. What would summer be without refreshing beverages and non-stop barbecues with friends and family?
Summer is a wonderful time in Arizona. The snowbirds have all returned home, and much of America goes elsewhere because vacationing in Arizona is extremely hot for those not familiar with our climate. But for residents, here’s the bonus: many of the finest hotels in Phoenix and Tucson become suddenly affordable. Take advantage of all Arizona has to offer with a truly stress-free, close-to-home staycation.
Summer is a good time to explore Arizona and adjacent states. Because there are fewer tourists in the summer, everything is less crowded; plus, there are nearby places where the temperature is actually below 110 degrees.
Last month, we gave you tips on spring cleaning, but you didn’t actually do any spring cleaning, did you? Who has the time? That’s why, this month, we’re providing an easier option. Instead of spring cleaning, just do some spring organizing—no scrubbing required.
For the first Earth Day, in 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to raise awareness of environmental issues with such astonishing force that, by the end of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act, all came into being, with the Endangered Species Act becoming law just three years later.
Spring is in the air, which means no more golfing, no more Netflix, because it’s time for spring cleaning. That may sound like a lot of work, but you can clean your Encantada home with minimal effort and probably won’t even have to buy cleaning products since, as anyone who has ever perused a cleaning website will attest, there are very few things on our planet that can’t be cleaned with either lemon juice, vinegar, or a combination of the two. If you do have to purchase a commercial product, most experts have two words of advice: Magic Eraser.