Bonadelle Neighborhood’s Holiday Tips 101: Weatherproofing Your Outdoor Decorations

 

With winter storms hitting the Central Valley earlier than most years, weatherproofing your outdoor holiday decorations this year is a definite must. Not only will weatherproofing preserve your decorations so you can enjoy them longer, but it will also prevent any damage to your home and yard. With just three easy steps, your outdoor decorations will be prepared for the next storm that is quickly approaching the Valley!

 

Spray Layers of Scotchgard

Although most outdoor decorations are already waterproof, using Scotchgard on your decorations will make it easier for them to handle the damp conditions. PLUS, almost anything can be sprayed with Scotchgard, and this will help make your decorations last longer. With all the rain and fog the Valley has been getting this December, this step is necessary!

 

Anchor Down Your Decorations

No one wants their Frosty the Snowman blowing into their neighbor’s yard or the street. To prevent this from happening, make sure your decorations are deep into the ground. Anchoring your decorations down like this will help them better withstand windy conditions and protect your yard from any damage.

 

Secure Your Wreath

Nothing is more inviting than a Christmas wreath on a front door hanging over a welcome mat. However, door wreaths can cause major damage to the door’s paint job if they are not hung correctly. Make sure your wreath is secured on all sides so that it won’t blow in the wind or move when the door shuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: How to Keep Your Decorations Clean and Fresh

Filling your house with Christmas decorations is a great idea – until the decorations start collecting dust and other germs and you’re left with a tricky cleanup. With the holiday season always so busy, no one wants to waste precious time figuring out the best way to dust their nutcracker. So, to help alleviate some of the holiday stress and make your cleaning shorter and easier, we’ve listed cleaning tips you’ll want to remember for all the holiday seasons to come. 

 

Use a Small Brush to Clean Fragile Decorations

Decorations like delicate family heirlooms and nutcrackers usually are in the most need of dusting. It can be tricky to clean out all the dust behind the nutcracker’s mouth, or without damaging a fragile heirloom, but a small brush can help with this job. We recommend using a makeup brush that is small and soft for dusting decorations like these.

 

Your Plush Decorations Can Go in the Dryer

Plush decorations are great to use when you have a home filled with children, but they can get dirty after being out for several weeks. Luckily, plush decorations are dryer-friendly! Simply place your decorations in a mesh bag and in the dryer for a quick and easy clean.

 

How to Clean Your Stockings

No one wants a dull and dirty stocking hanging from their fireplace mantel for all to see. If your family has needlepoint stockings try using a vacuum to freshen them up a bit. If your family prefers knit stockings, hand-wash them to brighten up their colors.

 

Cleaning Greenery

Adding greenery to your home gives it a cozy feel, but it also can make it much dustier because it collects the various particles in the air. Regularly dust your greenery with a large damp brush to clean it up. If you have decorated with real greenery, don’t forget to spritz with water after dusting. 

 

Tree Skirt Stains

It is inevitable for your tree skirt to collect a few stains over the holiday season from tree sap and footprints. Immediately take care of the stain once you find it – the longer the stain is there the harder it is to get out. Always use cold water and blot the stain (never rub) to prevent discoloration from happening. 

 

Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: Decorating a Cozy and Festive Home

 

There is nothing better than coming back to a warm and cozy home during the cold winter months. However, sometimes adding your holiday décor can make your home feel more like a Christmas window display than anything else. To help find a balance between cozy and festive, the Bonadelle Neighborhoods team went straight to the expert, Susan Vang-Xiong from Circle of Events. Keep reading to hear what she had to say on decorating a cozy home for the holidays!

 

Accent Your Chairs with a Warm Throw Blanket

Do you already have a throw blanket draped over the accent chair in your living room? If you do, simply swap it out with a warmer holiday-themed throw. If your chair doesn’t already have a throw, you’ll find that this addition instantly warms up the feel of the room. Not only does this décor look good, but it also “makes for a perfect pairing to a late-night Christmas movie with hot chocolate!” said Vang-Xiong

 

Don’t Pack Up Your Everyday Pillows

Rather than getting rid of the pillows already on your couch, incorporate Christmas pillows with them. Adding decorative pillows throughout your home mixed in with your everyday pillows brings the “festive feeling of Christmas time in every room,” said Vang-Xiong.

 

Utilize Your Counter Space

Large kitchen islands and countertops come standard with a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home – use this space to showcase your decorations! Vang-Xiong recommends placing your porcelains collected over the years, or other family heirlooms, on your countertops for display. Silk florals and Christmas bows are also festive decorations that can be used for this space.

 

Don’t Skip Out on Decorating the Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the busiest room in the house, especially during the holidays. From baking Christmas cookies to preparing family dinners and mixing up holiday cocktails, much of your every day is spent in the kitchen. It is important to carry your Christmas decorations into the kitchen to both enjoy the beauty of them and tie in the decorations of your home.

 

Decorate Going Up

It is just as important to decorate your upper cabinets as it is anywhere else in your home because this instantly gives your house an elevated and full look. Wondering what exactly to put up there? “Simply add a pine garland or incorporate one of your favorite seasonal silk florals,” adds Vang Xiong. It’s as simple as that!

 

 

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Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity

Living a simplified, clutter-free life in your Bonadelle Neighborhoods’ home sounds attractive, doesn’t it? The benefits of owning fewer possessions sound appealing: less stress, less debt, less to clean and organize, more money and energy to devote towards hobbies/activities. It all sounds idyllic and heavenly until you get to the looming question… how do I even start?!

Let us help, with Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity!

  1. Start with just 5 minutes! Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips as a perfect starting point for decluttering your life. Pick one. Start there, commit 5-minutes to it and continue on!
  2. Give away one thing each day. We all have a lot of stuff… too much stuff. Instead of tossing it in the trash, give it away. How about that pair of shoes that you’ve worn twice? Those skis that haven’t seen the slopes since ‘84? Or the case of vinyl records that are collecting dust in the attic? Slowly, but surely, giving one thing away each day will make this daunting task fly by with ease.
  3. Fill one trash bag. Turn it into a game: “how quickly can I fill this trash bag with donations?” Make it a family event and get everyone involved! This will turn the chore of decluttering into a fun exercise that gets everyone smiling.
  4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. Starting today, take all of the clothes in your closet and turn the hanger in the reverse direction, facing out. When hanging up a garment, put it back the correct way. After 6 months, see which pieces of clothing are on hangers facing the opposite direction. This is a great way to tell you which clothes you wear and which ones just fill your closet. 
  5. The 12-12-12 Challenge. This challenge is another great way to turn a boring task into a fun family activity. The simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
  6. Change your perspective. You may think you’re home is clutter free, but is it really? Change things up and try to see your home through another lens. Snap a photo and see what stands out. Invite a friend with a toddler and see what they get their hands on. Invite your boss over for dinner and see what areas you clean up first. 
  7. The Four-Box Method. Grab four boxes and label them like so: trash, give away, keep and relocate. Go through your room and start delegating items to each box. Place items from every room into one of the four categories. Do not pass over any item. Some projects may take an hour, while others may take days or weeks, but the technique and principles will remain the same.

It doesn’t matter how you get started – whether it’s one of these seven steps, or a variety of others – the end goal is to take your first step. Behind all of that clutter is a world of freedom and fresh air – how you remove the clutter is up to you!

 

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More Than Halloween – Activities In October

If you enjoy the fall season, and all the things that lead into Halloween (like us!), there is more than just one day to have a great time in your community. From festivals to a wine walk, there are plenty of events to enjoy throughout Fresno and Clovis!

        October 21st is the annual Glorious Junk Days in Old Town Clovis! Glorious Junk Days was created to showcase items not normally seen at their regular Antiques & Collectibles Fairs, which limits what vendors can bring. Glorious Junk can include repurposed and refurbished items, DIY Projects, handcrafted items, shabby chic and architectural finds – as well as the antiques you’ve come to enjoy in Old Town. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some items to help fill your new (or future!) Bonadelle Neighborhoods home.

        Witness one of the Central Valley’s traditions of hot air balloons flying through the sky, followed by a carnival occupying Clovis Avenue and Old Town Clovis, at the annual “ClovisFest.” With 250 crafters and food booths, a family carnival, and the new cultural celebration, ClovisFest will surely be a memorable festival. It runs October 27th through 28th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so head out to enjoy the free event while exploring Clovis’s community and snapping some Instagrammable pics.

        Tour Fresno Chaffee Zoo at their trick-or-treating event “ZooBoo.” A family-friendly event within the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, where kids can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with live entertainment and carnival games, while also seeing and learning all about the animals in the zoo. The event happens on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 with tickets starting at $16 for adults and $14 for children between ages 2 and 11.

        Wear your costume more than once and for a good cause at the “Monster Mash Dash.” On Oct. 27, participants will be able to run a 5K from Woodward Park, in their costumes to support the Make a Wish Foundation. 

There’s so much more to do in the Clovis and Fresno areas this October, and this list is just a touch on the variety of those activities! We hope you all have a good October, and a safe night trick or treating and celebrating the holiday!

 

–       OCT. 4 – 31 (Closed on Monday and Tuesday) | Hobbs Grove in Sanger

–       OCT. 3 – 14 | The Big Fresno Fair

–       OCT. 20 | Fresno Zombie Crawl in the Tower District

–       OCT. 19 – 20 & OCT. 26 – 27 | ZooBoo at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

–       OCT. 26 | BooFest at Sierra Vista Mall

–       OCT. 21 | Free Movie Night: Halloween at the Crest Theatre

–       OCT. 20 – 21 | Civil War Revisited at Kearney Park

–       OCT. 27 – 28 | ClovisFest in Old Town Clovis

–       OCT. 26 | Halloween ArtHop and PubCrawl in Merced

Pumpkin Patches

Make memories this Halloween season by picking and decorating pumpkins with your little ones. Find a pumpkin patch near you:

–       Pumpkin King – 100 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

–       Planet Pumpkin – 640 E. Nees Avenue, E Nees Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

–       Sid’s Pumpkin Patch – 5011 E. Kings Canyon Rd Fresno, California

–       Vista Ranch Pumpkin Patch – 7326 East Highway 140, Merced CA 95340

–       Vossler Farms – 26773 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, California

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Presidents’ Day Weekend Guide

If you’re searching for plans this 3-day weekend, LOOK NO FURTHER!

The weekends can go by quickly when you’re having fun! Squeeze in all the fun you can by planning out your Presidents’ Day weekend packed full of events, trips, and even a little shopping! Don’t let planning stress you out, use our guide to find local events and activities in order to have a great time. It’s important to take advantage of every possible moment!

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