Excellent Summer Fun in Flourtown, PA

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Arts & Music Festival to the exciting classic play Camelot, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this June near Flourtown!

First Fridays at Downtown Ambler
June 1st
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Camelot
June 1 – 3, 6 – 10
Head on over to Act II Playhouse on E. Butler Avenue to witness the latest Broadway classic Camelot! This play follows the romantic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Also featuring songs from the composers of My Fair Lady, you won’t want to miss out on this play!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in June
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in June. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

$4 Friday Dinner in Ambler!
Every Friday in June
Grab your family to attend a $4 Friday Dinner every Friday in June at Weavers Way Co-op located on 217 E. Butler Avenue. You can dine in the café or take out, just remember to enjoy your main course and two sides! The best part about this event is that the menu changes every week, which means you can try something different every Friday if you so desire!

Moonlight & Roses
June 8th
Don’t miss Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala. From 6:00PM – 11:00PM, the evening will begin with cocktails at the stunning Rose Garden and a delicious dinner will follow. Also, enjoy the live band and a night of dancing. For more information, click here!

Ambler Arts & Music Festival 2018
June 15th – 16th
From 6PM – 11PM five hours of amazing music will kick off the Ambler Arts & Music Festival. Then on Saturday the festivities continue with 11 more hours of music, 75 artists displaying their creations, and of course the Food Fest vendors, local restaurants, and beer garden will be open and serving a variety of food and drink. You don’t want to miss out on this entertaining event! For more information, click here.

Kids Explore: Creek
June 16th
Drop you kids off at the Wissahickon Environmental Center on 300 West Northwestern Avenue for some summer fun exploring the creek! Beginning at 10AM, the Wissahickon Environmental staff will lead the fun for kids ages 6-12. If you think your kids would love to explore the creek, then make sure to register here!

Garden Railway: Circus Week
June 30th – July 4th
Head on over to the Morris Arboretum, located on 100 E. Northwester Avenue, and get your garden admission to enjoy this lively event. Learn about the history of the circus and see Big Top and the circus trains. Also, don’t forget to watch for a few surprises! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this June and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Potted Porch Plants and Window Box Tips and Ideas

Want to add curb appeal and interest to your home? Now it’s as easy as adding fun porch plants or window boxes to add that “pop.” Have fun creating dynamic set ups with colorful flowers and plants that will add liveliness to your curb appeal. Here are some ideas and tips to create wonderful porch plants and window boxes.

Potted Porch Plants:

1. Add a Pop of Color/Use Different Shapes and Sizes
Whether you are going for a more traditional or modern look, it’s always a good idea to experiment with color, textures, shapes, and sizes when making your potted porch plants. Find the perfect planters that match your personal style and have fun creating your dynamic porch plants. Mix and match styles, heights, and color for really interesting porch plants like some of these set-ups!

2. Get Creative with Planters
You don’t have to stick with using typical planters for your porch plants. Instead get creative and go on a hunt for interesting pieces that could serve as a planter. Do you have colorful and modern planters sitting around? Or can you find a cool vintage tin container at a flea market? Don’t be afraid to use artifacts that might not be considered proper planters. Check out some of these amazing porch planters for some inspiration!

3. Plant more than Flowers
Flowers are always the perfect go-to plants to use for your planters. However, you can also easily use other plants to your advantage. Instead opt to plant herbs that you could use in your recipes! Look at this idea, which is perfect for a back porch!

4. Have fun with Seasonal Plants
Porch plants don’t have to be reserved for the spring and summer seasons. Have fun with porch plants all year round and add curb appeal with your seasonal porch plants. Plant and decorate for the different seasons and your planters will be a focal point all year long.

Window boxes:

1. Get Colorful
Just like potted porch plants you’ll want to experiment with color and texture. Going with a non-traditional color will definitely add bold curb appeal. However, if you are going for a more traditional look, feel free to get colorful with your flower and plant choice instead. Also, make sure to install window boxes correctly! Here’s how you can properly install window boxes!

2. Get Creative
Don’t get caught up making window boxes that are typical in their design. Get creative just like you did with your potted porch plants and find interesting pieces that could serve as window boxes! Not only will your displays stand out for being unique, but they will also be beautiful as well.

3. Mix up Flowers and Plants
Mix and match flowers and plants within your window boxes for maximum curb appeal. Check out some of these amazing window box displays for inspiration. Get a range of plants that vary in color and height and arrange accordingly! You’ll have eye-catching window boxes in no time!

How to Start a Garden for the Summer

Savor the summer and pick up a fun and healthy hobby through gardening! With the weather warming up, it’s about time to start planting and reaping the rewards of having your own garden. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will allow you to garden. Here are some tips on how to start a small garden for the summer.

Determine What to Plant
Before you start anything for your garden, you’ll want to determine what you are going to plant. Many first time gardeners get excited at the prospects that gardening has to offer. However, don’t plant too much! It’s better to start small if you’re gardening for the first time. In order to determine what you are going to plant think about what and how much your family will eat. Also, remember the amount that each plant produces. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers provide throughout the season while carrots and corn only produce once. So plant accordingly!

Here are the best starter plants for the first time gardener:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (if you have enough space)

Determine How Much Space Your Need
For first time gardeners you won’t need too much space, but if you garden every season then you should already know the amount of space you need. Also, if you are tight on yard space don’t worry! Try planting your garden in containers in a place that gets plenty of sun, like a deck!

Pick the Perfect Spot
There are only three basic requirements for a successful garden: a spot that’s full of sun, plenty of water, and great soil. Again, the size of your garden doesn’t matter. If your garden has these three essentials it will flourish! Because you are focusing mostly on warm-season vegetables they need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a space that gets enough sun you could always grow leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach. Water is just as important as sunlight. To make gardening easier on yourself plant your veggies as close to a source of water as possible. However, the most important aspect of gardening is your soil. You’ll want moist, well-drained soil for the best outcome.

Layout Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden’s layout will depend on what type of garden you’ve decided to build. For raised garden beds or containers, you’ll want to make easy plant combinations for easy harvesting due to the small space. Try planting tomatoes with oregano and bell peppers, or arugula with romaine lettuce. Whatever you’ve determined to plant layout your garden accordingly.

Examine Your Soil
Soil is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful garden. Make sure to examine it before you finally plant. Soak the soil and get a handful of soil to examine. Next, squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, add organic matter or compost to improve drainage. Then open your hand to see how the soil reacts. If the soil doesn’t form a ball or falls apart its too sandy. If a ball holds together and takes a lot of effort to breakdown there is too much clay in your soil. You’ll want the ball to break into cake-like crumbs for the best results.

Plant and Feed
Finally you can plant your vegetables! Plant based on the preexisting layouts you determined and have fun! Once you’re done planting, make sure your veggies get a steady supply of water, about an inch of water a week.

For more in-depth gardening tips, click here! Also, if you’re looking to garden all year long here’s a great garden calendar to follow!

Vacation Forget-Me-Nots

 

It’s that time of year again. Summer is almost here and everyone can’t wait to enjoy a family vacation this year. However, before you take off and savor your summer vacay, here are some vacation forget-me-nots to keep you relaxed and at ease throughout your vacation!

1. Tell a Neighbor
Whether you leave your house for a small weekend trip or a luxuriously long vacation, you should always tell one of your neighbors or relatives that you’ll be gone. It’s nice to know someone is looking over your empty house and making sure everything is in order while you’re away! Also, if you don’t put a hold on your mail, you could always ask your neighbor to collect your mail for the time being. Just make sure to return the favor while they’re on their vacation!

2. Shut off Water and Set Your AC Higher
To save money and energy, shut off your water and set your AC temperature higher before you leave for vacation. With warmer weather upon us, you are bound to start using the AC more. However, there is no need for air conditioning or water when you are on vacation. Don’t waste energy and money on an empty house!

3. Pet Sitter
If you have any pets at home make sure to take care of their needs too. Whether its dropping them off to a kennel or hiring a pet sitter, you’ll want to make sure your furry friend is taken care of. If you’re able to take your pet on your vacation, even better!

4. Unplug Appliances
Your appliances won’t be in use while you’re away, so make sure you unplug them to save energy and money. Unplug your toaster, coffee maker, blender, chargers, anything you can think of that is plugged in, unplug it!

5. Lock all Windows and Doors
This seems like a given, but you would be surprised how many people forget to lock all their windows and doors when they leave for vacation. So before you leave, double check just to make sure! It will give you peace of mind while you’re trying to relax during vacation.

6. Lower the Blinds
Take an extra step to secure your home and belongings and lower your blinds before you leave. Don’t tempt anyone to look in and see what you own.

7. Leave Some Lights On
Most people turn off all of their lights when they leave the house for an extended period of time. However, it’s smarter to leave some lights on or use a light timer while you’re away. Leaving lights on will give the impression that someone is home, making your home less of a target. However, if you live in one of Judd Builders wonderful planned communities, you won’t have to worry too much about a break-in. Planned communities deter many burglars due to the close-knit community life, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so keep some lights on while your away.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Sometimes it’s tricky to find the right gift for your mom for Mother’s Day and you might even put so much thought into it that you forget how fast the day is approaching! With Mother’s Day this weekend, here are five last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that your mom will definitely appreciate!

1. Recipe Tin Can
This gift idea is perfect for a mom that loves to try new recipes! Buying a Recipe Tin Can is a great last minute Mother’s Day gift that your mom will absolutely appreciate. However, make sure to schedule in some time to find and write down recipes to put in her new Recipe Tin Can. This can be done a day or two before Mother’s Day, making it the perfect last minute gift idea. Not only is this gift unique, but that handwritten element will give it sentimental value for your deserving mom.

2. Make Her Breakfast in Bed and Let Her Stay There
Who doesn’t appreciate breakfast in bed? This classic Mother’s Day gift is always a great gift for your kids to give to their mother. However, help you kids amp up this classic idea and have them give their mother the rest of the day off! Make lunch and dinner throughout the day and if she has any other chores planned that day finish them for her. Let her put her feet up and relax all day! She’s bound to love the gift of relaxation!

3. Mother’s Day Coupons
This gift idea is gaining popularity due to its simplicity and is a perfect gift idea for your kids to get involved in. All you have to do is make or print out Mother’s Day Coupons with various chores and put them together. Once you have that done, have your kids wrap the gift up and give it to their mother! Check out some of these Mother’s Day coupons to get some inspiration!

4. Gift Box Subscription
With a ton of different gift box subscription options, this idea is great for mothers with varying interests and hobbies! Does your mom love diving into the latest novel on the best-seller list? Or does she prefer to try out different beauty products to see what she likes? Well you’re in luck! With all the diverse options you have to choose from, you’re bound to find a subscription that will suite your mother’s interests.

5. Tasty Treats
Everybody loves a sweet treat! Instead of buying cookies or chocolates for your mother, opt to make them from scratch! Again, this is an easy last minute gift that every mother would appreciate. Get her favorite recipes, desserts or dishes, and start baking and cooking. Once everything is made, make up a lovely platter to gift your mom. If you do make a mixture of desserts and dishes, make sure to make up separate platters!

How to Create the Perfect Cleaning Schedule for a Busy Household

It’s tough to keep the household clean and in order all the time. Schedules get busy and unexpected things tend to happen that take up your time. However, you can still keep your home clean even if you’re living in a busy household. All you really need to help keep things in order is a cleaning schedule that you can easily and happily follow. Here is how you can create the perfect cleaning schedule for your household and keep your amazing Judd Builders home in tip-top shape.

1. Prioritize
Every household is different. Every home has varied heavy traffic areas, different children, and a unique daily schedule. The first step to create the perfect cleaning schedule for your house is to prioritize. Highlight what is important to you and what you want clean. Do the dishes pile up constantly? Can you never catch up on laundry? These tasks that seem impossible to stay on top of are what you should prioritize cleaning. Whatever you decide are the main priorities of your household should be on top of your cleaning schedule!

2. Make a Small List
Most individuals schedule their life around their cleaning when it should be the other way around. If you schedule your household cleaning around your life, you’ll find that more gets cleaned. The next step in creating the perfect cleaning schedule for your busy household is to make a small and limited list from the priorities that you’ve decided upon. To keep things in check make three small lists of “must do’s” in these three categories: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. Here’s a good example to follow:

Daily –

  • Make beds
  • Prep dinner
  • Complete at least 1 load of laundry
  • Do the dishes
  • Wipe down kitchen and bathrooms

Weekly –

  • Change sheets
  • Clean bathrooms fully
  • Meal plan (done every other week)
  • Vacuum household
  • Dust heavy traffic areas

Monthly –

  • Change Air Filters
  • Wash quilts and blankets
  • Clean out the car
  • Dust every room

Remember your cleaning schedule and priorities will vary from this list. So think about your household and plan accordingly!

3. Conquer the Clutter
Keeping the clutter under control is a huge aspect to keeping a tidy home. Before you start tackling your cleaning schedule, you should conquer the clutter around your house if you have any. Go through every space in the house and organize the whole room. Anything that you find that doesn’t fit in the room or doesn’t get used anymore put it in a bin to store away. Once the bin is full take it to a consignment store and donate it! Keep this up after clearing the clutter and place any new clutter in the bin to donate later.

4. Keep Up With the Routine
Once you’ve determined your daily, weekly, and monthly lists and conquered the clutter you’re ready to put your schedule to the test! Find a routine that works for you that helps you get your daily tasks done. If you prefer to put in a load of wash and clear the dishwasher in the morning, do it then or if you like to prep for dinner towards the evening that’s when you should do it. Figure out what works best for you and follow that routine!

5. Divide and Conquer
The best part of creating a cleaning schedule is that you don’t have to tackle it alone. Ask for help when it comes to your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Ask your wife or husband to help you complete a task or two. If you have kids assign them some chores that will help keep the house clean. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Dividing and conquering is always the best method.

6. Complete the Cycle
This step might seem confusing, but it’s one of the most important steps to follow. When you start a task make sure you follow through and complete it. If you start a load of laundry make sure to dry it, fold it, and put it away. Don’t leave any of your tasks unfinished. And don’t feel bad if you get interrupted and don’t complete the task fully at that moment. Just make sure the task gets done before the day ends. It will help keep the house tidier.

7. Schedule Your Tasks
For bigger and more time consuming cleaning tasks, schedule them around your everyday life. This works best for completing weekly and monthly tasks. Remember this will be different for every household so do things according to your needs.

6 Chic Design Trends for Your Bathroom

When it comes to designing your house it’s important to design to your style. However, sometimes you hit a wall and don’t know what to do with a space. Even worse, you’re having trouble redesigning your bathroom. Bathrooms can be fairly tricky to design, but there are always new trends to experiment with that can help take your bathroom to the next level. Below are just a few design trends for your bathroom. So read on and start brainstorming how you want to redesign your bathroom!

1. Have Fun With Tiles
Forget about subway tiles, the newest bathroom design trend finds uniquely shaped tiles the trend of the future. Although the subway tile will remain a classic, experimenting with different tile shapes, sizes, and patterns will take your bathroom design to the next level. Whether you choose a colorful tile to add that pop of color or a unique shape that will set your bathroom apart from others, be sure to have fun with this trend. The options are endless. So find the perfect tile that emulates your personality and design away!

2. Experimenting With Bold Colors
It’s become commonplace for many bathrooms to be designed with neutrals, but the newest trend has many individuals designing with bold color. Although it can be frightening to work with bold colors, this isn’t an opportunity to miss on out on. Having the bold pop of color in you bathroom will make a statement. Your bathroom will go from bland to dynamic. The color doesn’t have to come from paint either. You can use tiles or even small decor found within your bathroom. However, this trend isn’t for everyone. If you prefer more muted or neutral tones than stick to what you like. There are other trends that will lend well to that color palette.

3. Vanities
Vanities are back and bigger than ever. This new trend allows you to add a bit of practicality to your bathroom by adding more storage. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can opt for a single vanity or a double vanity or even have your very own vanity dedicated to makeup. Whatever your choice don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and material. Explore the multitude of vanity options and decide whether you want a wood or metal vanity, or do you prefer a vanity painted in a statement color. When choosing a vanity keep your personal style in mind and select the perfect vanity for your bathroom.

4. Brass is Back
Although chrome and silver furnishings will always be a classic, brass is back. What once was considered outdated, brass is making its comeback in bathroom design. From sink faucets to elaborate lighting fixtures, you can now add brass to your bathroom design. However, if you don’t want to fully commit to brass try rose gold, another hot design trend.

5. Bringing The Outdoors In
This trend is perfect for those who prefer a neutral color palette when designing their bathroom. Bringing the outdoors in is in vogue. Your preferred neutral color palette will lend well to making your bathroom feel more connected to the outdoors. However, there are other ways to bring the outdoors in without using color. You can play with plant life or add wooden textures/elements to your bathroom to successfully bring this trend to life. There are also benefits to this trend as well. Not only will you have a soothing bathroom to escape to, but with all the natural elements your bathroom will also feel spa like.

6. Minimalist Designs
You’ve heard it before, less is more, and it’s absolutely true when it comes to bathroom design. The newest and most popular design trend finds homeowners renovating their bathrooms with minimalism. Designing your bathroom with only the bare essential will create a calming and open atmosphere while making a sleek statement. However, be warned, this trend can be tricky to pull off if you have smaller bathroom. Don’t try to pull off this trend if you do have a smaller bathroom. You can easily pick another trend from above instead and still have a stunning bathroom!

7 Common Water Wasters

Every household is capable of wasting water that doesn’t need to be wasted. However, if you are conscious about common water wasters around the house, you’ll be able to cut down on your water usage, which will also help you save on your water bill! Here are seven common water wasters and how to cut down on your water usage!

Showering
When it comes to showering you should consider cutting your time in half to save on your water bill. Showering is one of the biggest water wasters on this list! Most showers pump out gallons of water per minute, which can easily add up when you take a 30-minute shower.

Hand Washing Dishes
If you’re going to wash your dishes, consider using a dishwasher instead. Dishwashers use less gallons of water per wash compared to the amount of water used from hand washing. Also, if you opt to use a dishwasher make sure to wash the dishes only when the machine is completely full.

Watering Your Lawn
Considered one of the biggest water wasters on this list, watering your lawn can use up to 265 gallons per hour. As lovely as green, healthy grass looks you should cut down on water usage by watering the lawn in the morning so that it doesn’t evaporate. Also, consider watering two or three days out of the week instead of everyday. This change will definitely cut down on water usage and save you money on your water bill!

Washing Your Car
Believe it or not, going to the car wash uses less water than washing your car at home. When you wash your car at home, you use around 80-140 gallons compared to the 30-45 gallons of water used at a car wash. So if you want to save on your bill you could always forget about the manual labor of washing your car and go to the car wash instead! However, if you prefer to wash your own car or don’t want to pay the money to wash your car consider washing your car in sections to save water.

Shaving
When most people shave they tend to leave the water running, which is extremely wasteful. If your a guy, consider turning off the water until you need to use it again. If you are a woman, consider doing the same thing. Or fill up the tub slightly and shave your legs there!

Brushing Teeth
Just like shaving many individuals forget to turn off their faucets while they are brushing their teeth. This can waste up to 5 gallons, and that’s only for the first half of the day. If the water doesn’t get turned off while brushing one person can use up to 10 gallons per day per person. That’s right, if you have a family 10 gallons per person can really add up. So make the change and remember to turn off the water while brushing your teeth!

Washing Clothes
Washing clothes is essential to every household, but did you know that top loading washers waste more money that front loading washers? That’s right; front loading washers are more energy and water efficient. They use about 20 gallons of water per cycle while top loading washers use twice that. So consider getting a front loading washer and watch your water bill decline.

Featured Community: Siena Place

If you’re looking for a new home in an amazing community that offers the best amenities you should consider looking at one of Judd Builders wonderful communities. Built in up and coming areas, all of our communities offer an array of conveniences including amazing school districts, the best shopping, and a friendly atmosphere, especially Siena Place.

Located in Packer Park, PA, Siena Place is one of Judd Builders many wonderful communities with new luxury townhomes that are perfect for any family. Starting from $375,900, each home will suite the modern family’s varying needs. With three different models to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your family’s dream home. Each model home design is complete with 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, and attached garage with private driveway, a luxurious owner’s suite, and a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. You won’t have to worry about home renovations anytime soon when you work with Judd Builders. We take pride in our building process and ensure that your home is built to the quality you expect so you get the home you deserve!

There is so much to enjoy in the tight-knit community, however, because of Siena Place’s amazing location there is much more to enjoy outside of the community as well. Just minutes away from South Philly, you’ll be able to enjoy the city where it all began. Explore the exciting fusion of style, culture, and personality that Philadelphia has to offer while enjoying the rich history and entertainment. Spend your days browsing South Street boutiques or dine at many of the restaurants in the area. Or you could take Philadelphia team spirit to a whole new level and cheer on your favorite sports team at the nearby stadiums. You’ll never miss a beat when you live in this community.

Experience the ultimate South Philadelphia lifestyle at Siena Place, which takes refined city living to an exciting new level. Offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a highly desirable and uniquely convenient location, Siena Place has it all!

So if you’re looking for a brand new home in a convenient location with a wonderful tight-knit community and the best amenities you should consider moving to Siena Place or one of our other communities. For more information feel free to contact us! We’re happy to answer all of your questions!