How to Prep Your Baywood Greens Home for Winter

Submitted by Baywood Blog Team on December 20th, 2016

Snow has yet to fall heavily here at Baywood Greens, but that doesn’t mean your home shouldn’t be ready for it! The best time to prepare your home for winter and winter weather is before it actually happens. Keeping you and your family safe this winter is our top priority, so check out some tips on how to prep your Baywood Greens home for winter this season.

Ready to Go

One of the best ways to prepare for winter weather is to have everything you need ready and accessible. Make sure that any snow shovels and ice scrapers you have are in working order and ready to grab from your garage. To be even more prepared, keep a small shovel and scraper in your car (just in case!). This way, when it does snow, you’ll know exactly where to find all of the tools you’ll need. 

Stay Warm

If you’re going to be shoveling snow or doing any work outside, you’ll want to be bundled up! Keep a basket of scarves, gloves, and hats by the door so you can grab them as you go. If you’re the type of person who is always misplacing gloves, stock up on several pairs and keep them in your car, purse, garage, etc.

Clean Up

Snow isn’t the only winter weather that can affect your home. Ice, sleet, and wind can also be harmful to your home. Clear any stray branches and leaves from your driveway and sidewalks, and make sure that your gutters are clean. Trim back any branches that could possibly break off and hit your home or vehicle.

Have Backups

Getting caught unawares is one of the worst things that can happen as a homeowner! To be as prepared as you can be this winter, have backups for some of the necessities. Always have extra batteries on hand for flashlights and electronic devices. In addition, purchasing an extra shovel or ice scraper can come in handy if one breaks. Also, you can never have enough blankets to stay warm and cozy on those chilly nights!

Shoes Off!

Tracking in snow, dirt, and wet boots is sure to be a pet peeve of any Baywood Greens homeowner! Make sure you have mats at all entrances of your home for people to wipe their shoes off when they come in. Keep some old towels handy for people to leave their wet snow boots and gloves!

Our Baywood Greens homes are the perfect place to live during any season! Contact us to learn how you can call Baywood Greens home today.

5 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Baywood Greens Home

Submitted by Baywood Blog Team on December 16th, 2016

Surprise! You were going to have a relaxing holiday season in your Baywood Greens home, but you just found out that your family will be coming to spend the holidays with you! If you haven’t decorated your home yet, have no fear! We have some easy decorating tips that will make your home look like it has been decorated for weeks.

Holiday Colors

No matter what holiday you celebrate, using the colors of the season will brighten up any home! Red, green, blue, gold, and silver are the most popular colors to use during the holiday season. Whether you have pillows that are red and green, or a blue tablecloth, it will add some festive cheer to your home.

Light it up

Lights are a simple way to decorate your home without going overboard. If you have a front porch or railings, string lights around them to welcome people into your home. You can also use smaller lights around your mantle inside, or even up the railing of your stairs! Remember to check all lights for broken bulbs or exposed wires, and to unplug everything when you aren’t home.

Garland

Garland is a cheap and easy way to decorate any part of your home. Whether it is fake or real, you can use it almost anywhere. Drape garland around your mantle to make it even more festive, or arrange it on your table for an easy centerpiece. If you use fake garland, you can keep it year after year for easy decorating!

Odds and ends

Do you have some spare candles or ornaments that you aren’t using anywhere? Pour unused ornaments into a clear bowl for an easy decoration, or scatter them on different surfaces. If you have small children, be sure to keep them out of reach. For an easy centerpiece that still looks great, arrange candles throughout some garland, and place ornaments around the candles. Everyone will wonder where you bought it!

Music

To really get in the spirit of the season, have music playing in the background when you have family over! Whether you have a stereo system or just use your phone, holiday music will get everyone in a festive mood. Switch it up and let people pick their favorite holiday songs to play!

The most important part of the holiday season is being with friends and family at your Baywood Greens home! For more information about our homes, contact us today.

Festive Fall Cocktails

Submitted by Baywood Blog Team on November 29th, 2016

With colder temperatures here to stay at Baywood Greens, there’s no better way to warm up on chilly fall days than with a seasonal cocktail! Spice up your normal adult beverages with the flavors of the season, whether they be warm or cold drinks. While we don’t fancy ourselves experts in mixology, here are some of our favorite fall-inspired cocktails!

Apple Cider Mimosas

Mimosas are a staple at brunch, and this version adds one of the most delicious fall flavors: apple cider! Your friends will love these apple cider mimosas, and they are incredibly easy to make. Find the recipe here.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

For one of those chilly fall nights, heat up a hot toddy! Using bourbon will give it a little more heat and keep you warm all night. Check out this easy recipe here.

Cranberry And Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Not only is this cocktail delicious, but it’s one of the prettiest drinks we’ve seen! Filled with delicious spices and fall flavors such as cinnamon and cranberry, this will become one of your go-to cocktails. Find the recipe here.

Cranberry Margaritas

If you aren’t ready to say good-bye to warm temperatures, put an autumn spin on the classic margarita. Adding some cranberry juice to a margarita still gives you that summer feel with a little extra kick! Find all the ingredients here.

Apple Bourbon Bellini

One thing you can never have too much of during the fall months are apples! This apple bourbon bellini is the perfect recipe to use of all the apples you might’ve gotten from one of the local Delaware farmer’s markets. Invite some friends over and stir up a batch of these yummy bellinis. Get the recipe here.

Start mixing up some of these festively fall cocktails in your home and let us know how they turn out! For more information about Baywood Greens and our homes, visit us online.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1967/fall-cocktails-recipes/

5 Quick Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Submitted by Baywood Blog Team on November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and if you are hosting the holiday in your Baywood Greens home, there are a lot of things to prepare! If you’ve been worried about grocery shopping, cooking, and the guest list, and haven’t thought about decorations, we have you covered! Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful enough without worrying about decorations, but thankfully, there are some easy tips and tricks to make your home look ready for the holiday! Check out some of our ideas below:

Table linens

The food is the main star of the day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress your table up! A simple tablecloth in a seasonal color, such as gold or red, will make your table pop. Try mixing and matching different colored napkins at each seat for an even more colorful table.

Wreaths

Wreaths can decorate any space, whether it’s a wall or a door! Hang a wreath on your front door to welcome friends and family inside. However, wreaths don’t have to be limited to just doors and walls! Prop a smaller wreath or two against a mantle, fireplace, or even on a bookshelf.

Flowers

There is no need for a big, expensive bouquet this Thanksgiving. Visit your local home goods store and purchase some seasonal artificial flowers that you will be able to use year after year. Make smaller arrangements and scatter them throughout your home, such as on end tables or in guest rooms.

Candles

While your home will have all the delicious aromas of Thanksgiving dinner, such as turkey and pumpkin pie, candles are another easy way to decorate and add seasonal scents. Candles can add an extra glow to your dinner table, or brighten up your mantle. They’re versatile and can work virtually anywhere in your home!

Pillows and Blankets

Where does everyone head after Thanksgiving dinner is over? The couch, of course! Make sure everyone is comfortable by having several blankets and pillows available nearby. Throw blankets over the ends of the couches, or stack them next to couches and chairs for easy access.

We hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday here at Baywood Greens! For more information about purchasing your new home at Baywood Greens, visit us online.

Source: http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g1371/thanksgiving-decorations/?slide=4

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