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CB JENI Dallas Area Townhomes: Going Green with Cleaning Supplies

Bring sparkle and shine back to your townhome after the holidays, with simple DIY green cleaning supplies made from everyday household ingredients. Instead of spending money on cleaning products at the store, go green and make your own! Did you know that even the biggest and toughest stain can be removed with just baking soda and water?1.Kitchen:Counters: Begin by sprinkling baking soda over the surfaces and then scrub with a damp cloth or sponge. If you are treating stains, mix baking soda and water into a paste and let it sit for a while before removing the stain. This also works on stainless steel sinks, refrigerators and stovetops. Oven:Similar to the counters, you only need baking soda and water. Mix the two together and then coat the inside of your oven with the paste.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes Décor Tips: 2013 Decorating Trends

Every new year brings new trends - whether in fashion, technology or home design. If you are considering redecorating yourtownhome in Irving, Texas, we have the latest trends for you to begin 2013 in style! Living and Bedroom: Elegance is a timeless style for any home, and in 2013 you will see more classic patterns that have a cottage-style feel, such as one of the many designs fromColefax and Fowler. These cozy, yet classic designs exemplify interior elegance and have the ability to create a relaxing feel to any home. And because these looks are timeless, they will never go out of style! Antique brass is another interior design element that is supposed to make a comeback this year.

CB JENI Lifestyle Home: Tips to Make Your Townhome Stress-Free

Make it your New Year?s resolution to start 2013 off with a stress-free home. Yes, you heard correctly ? a completely stress-free home! This might sound impossible to do with your Irving, TX townhome and busy schedule, but it is possible with these simple tips:Create a happy zone-Find a spot in your home, whether it?s a whole room or just a chair and make it your personal place for peace and quiet. Let everyone in your family know that you are not to be disturbed during your time in your personal space. Along with a happy zone, pick one spot to place all your stressful items, such as bills and to-do lists.Make your bed every morning-Before leaving your bedroom in the morning, take a few minutes to make your bed.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes: New Year?s Eve Party Ideas

New Year?s Eve is almost here! Is your townhome ready to ring in 2013? Since New Year?s is the holiday party that everyone goes all out for with party favors, there is sure to be 2013 glasses and decorations galore. CB JENI Lifestyle Homes has a list of party decorations that will amp up the anticipation for the New Year?s countdown.DIY Countdown Flutes:Get your party guests excited for 2013 with 10 second countdown champagne flutes. Add some extra detail to your glasses by simply adding self-stick numbers (found at any office/art supply store).

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes: Townhome Security 101 for the Holidays

Travel season is in full swing, which means it’s “shopping” time for burglars. According to the FBI, close to 400,000 burglaries take place in the U.S. between November and December each year. CB JENI Lifestyle Homes wants to help make sure your townhome isn?t the next shopping spree for a criminal. Follow these simple tips to help your townhome not become a statistic.Request help from a neighbor:Inform your neighbor when you will be on vacation and ask them to watch your townhome while you are away. Have them also collect your mail and newspapers to reduce any signs that make it obvious no one is home.

Holiday Events Around Your CB JENI Lifestyle Homes

It's the holiday season and that means all your favorite holiday activities are underway! See twinkling lights choreographed to your favorite holiday music, take a picture with Santa or speed down a snow slide in an inner tube! CB JENI Lifestyle Homes isn’t just bringing the holiday spirit to you, they are showing you all the best places to enjoy these activities this holiday season.Frisco:Christmas in the Squarebrings the North Pole to you! See a light extravaganza choreographed to your favorite holiday music or take a ride down a snow slide in an inner tube. While Texas may not see any snow this year, Christmas in the Square has their own snow flurries! You’ll truly feel as if you’re in a winter wonderland as you take a North Star carriage ride around the square.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes Décor Tips: Holiday Decorating

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it?s time to start getting ready for the holidays! Start by decorating your townhome in Coppell, Texas. CB JENI Lifestyle Homes is here with fun, festive and bright décor ideas that will have everyone excited for the most wonderful time of year.Cheery Ornament Wreath: Decorate your front door with ornaments! Using classic ornaments in a variety of sizes on a wreath will bring a festive look. Use ribbon to create a bow and hang on the door.Holiday Gift Box Mantel: Instead of decorating your mantel with only stockings, add fabric-wrapped gift boxes, giving an extra holiday spirit to your home.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes: Holiday Shopping Guide

Get those shopping engines ready! Yep, we’re talking about Black Friday, people. As you know, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days out of the entire year. WithStonebriar MallandGrapevine Mills Mallso close to your CB JENI Lifestyle Homes townhome, you won?t have to go far to find the best deals. This day can be stressful for anyone who wants to shop the best sales of the year (and let?s face it, everyone does), but CB JENI Lifestyle Homes is here with survival tips to help you take control of the chaos:1.Plan ahead:Black Friday is no place for window shoppers.

Please Help Support CB JENI Lifestyle Homes and Carter BloodCare on November 12th

This month, the CB JENI Lifestyle Homes family will be honoring someone very special to us. Our senior CB JENI Lifestyle Homes builder, Lance, has a six year old son named Grayson who was diagnosed with Leukemia last year. Thankfully, this sweet boy is currently in remission. However, the fight and unfortunately the expenses continue.CB JENI Lifestyle Homes will be hosting a fundraiser and Carter BloodCare blood drive on November 12, to support Grayson’s battle with this disease.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes Celebrates: Thanksgiving

Mmm, mmm! Do you smell that? That’s the smell of yummy Thanksgiving-inspired eats and treats coming out of your kitchen in your CB JENI Lifestyle Homes townhome. And with Thanksgiving around the corner, it?s time to pull out those festive fall decorations and start planning the perfect Thanksgiving Day menu.At CB JENI Lifestyle Homes, we have a few recipes and ideas that will have your guests leaving your townhome with holiday cheer (and full tummies) from a fantastic meal cooked by you:Recipes:Whole-Grain Stuffing with Apples, Sausage and Pecans- While it?s tradition to use your family?s stuffing recipe, give your ritual a healthy twist with a whole-grain stuffing recipe instead.Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples- Big fan of sweet potatoes? (Us too.)

CB JENI Homes Celebrates: Halloween

Halloween brings scares and screams, but it also means it?s time to get your Coppell, Lake Vista or Irving home ready for this festive holiday. We know our CB JENI homeowners will spook up some frights with some of the best decorations around town, but we wanted to share a few ideas for eats and treats that will have your guests gasping (in awe, of course).Recipes:Spidey Cookies: To create these scary spider cookies, you?ll need to use orange colored filled Oreos, Twizzlers ?Pull-Apart? candy will create the eight crazy legs and Red Hots used for the eyes will give these cute spiders that scary Halloween look.Oreo Caramel-Dipped Apples: For these yummy treats, dip apples in caramel or purchase premade caramel apples.

Home Dreams: Homebuilder Finds Backing to Pursue His Dream

When he was 5, a neighbor asked Bruno Pasquielli what he wanted to be when he grew up. The Chicago lad unhesitatingly answered that he wanted to run his dad?s fledgling home building company.For many years, Pasquielli thought his dream would come true someday. It looked like he was on track in 1999 when he was tapped to open a Texas branch of the family business that by then had offices in nine states.The Texas office of Portrait Homes built more than 2,000 houses ? mostly townhouses and other attached houses ? in North Texas, but then the reces­sion hit in 2009, he said.?Dreams don?t always turn out the way you imagine,? said Pasquielli, who founded Dallas-based CB JENI Homes in 2009 as his family business was closing its doors.Like his father, Pasquielli started his new firm on a shoestring budget, completing 15 houses in a fore­closed Richardson community in 2009.

Dart Rail System 101 From CB JENI Homes

Thanks tothe DART Rail System, traveling around the Dallas area is cheap and easy. With the price of gas these days, why not save a buck and take the DART!Riding the DART is simple and in case you need any help, theirwebsite,FacebookandTwitterlists all of the information you could ever need! Here are the highlights:Schedules & MapsGet the schedule for the DART Rail Red, Blue, Green and Orange Lines as well as the Trinity Railway Express.Fares & PassesAll pricing options are listed out for you based on local, system and regional rides.

CB JENI Homes Decor Tips: 7 Ways to Transition Your Home For Fall

Fall is here and if you have yet to decorate, it’s time! With simple decor swaps and touches of fall colors, transforming your home for fall is fun and simple!1. Switch out decorative pillows, slipcovers, or curtains.Add splashes of fall colors to your home by switching out decorative pillows, changing your curtains and freshening up your slipcovers. You’d be surprised how these simple swaps can transform a room!2. Change your bedding.Change out your light colored bedding for warm, cozy bedding. Out with the crisp, clean white duvets and sheets- fall is here!3. Create decor displays with seasonal foliage and decorations.Use pumpkins, gourds and seasonal foliage to create fall centerpieces and table decor around your home.

CB JENI Homes Tips: 6 Ways to Make Moving Simple

Let’s be honest, there is nothing fun about the moving process. Yes, the end result is always exciting, but getting to the end result takes a little work. In an effort to make your life a little more simple, we’ve put together a few of our favorite moving tips. Make a moving list. With so many things to do at once, make a list of everything you need to accomplish before and during your moving process. Hire a moving company. To make your life a little easier, we strongly suggest hiring a moving company if at all possible. Movers will help cut-down your level of physical exertion, not to mention they are experts in the field and will be able to move your home with ease. If you need help locating moving companies in your area, Mover-Finderallows you to search for movers based on your zip code! Have a garage sale. De-clutter your life before you move.

CB JENI Homes Loves the State Fair of Texas, Do You?

Opening weekend of the State Fair of Texas is officially here and we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited! The State Fair is an age old tradition for many residents here in the DFW Metroplex. It’s an event that that brings people together for family fun, great food and plenty of adventure.On an even more exciting note, it’s Big Tex’s 60th birthday this year! When you pass by the Texas-sized statue, make sure to give him a special birthday shout out! It’s no secret that one of the main attractions at the State Fair of Texas each and every year is the crazy food! Cooks have managed to deep-fry just about everything imaginable- some recipes are a stretch even for the bravest palettes!

CB JENI Homes? Game Day Favorites

We’re so excited that football season is back in action and we bet most of you feel the same! Football is a time for fun rivalries, game day watch parties and non-stop action.To add to the football season excitement, make game days fun with football themed recipes, team gear and friendly competition!Mouthwatering Game Day RecipesNo matter what you and your guests are in the mood for,Kraft Foods has football themed recipesthat are sure to satisfy almost any taste buds! A few of our favorites areSlow-Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches,BBQ Black Bean SalsaandOreo Football Cookie Balls.Football Party CenterIn the spirit of all things football, Kraft Foods has created aFootball Party Centerto house anything and everything you could hope to find for game day inspiration.

CB JENI Homes Tips: Party Planning 101

Fall is officially here and you know what that means- back to school, cooler weather, football season, and, our favorite, the holidays!With football watching parties and school events in full swing, and holiday parties just around the corner, we’ve put together a few of our favorite party planning secrets to help get you inspired and in the right frame of mind for the season.When it comes to planning a party, don’t forget to?Make an Invite List.Put together an invitation list so you don’t leave anyone out! Creating an invite list also allows you to get a feel for about how many people to expect and a rough idea of the amount of food, favors and party space you will need.Send Invitations Early.

CB JENI Homes Insights: U.S. Home Builders Begin to See Credit Thaw

In a recent article from CNBC, “US Home Builders Begin to See Credit Thaw,”published in August 2012, CB JENI Homesowner Bruno Pasquinelli had the opportunity to offer his take on the current state of the housing industry.As a homebuilder focused on the single-family home and townhome segment of the housing market, it is promising to hear that new single-family home starts are up 17% from this time last year. This increase is a definite sign of the economy’s improvement and of returning financial security for many Americans.Another plus for the other side of the industry,Wells Fargoannounced that it is forming a homebuilder banking group to serve clients on the east coast, Texas and the Midwest.

CB JENI Homes Tips: Meals Made Simple With Kraft Foods

At CB JENI Homeswe understand that life can get busy. Between work, family, and extracurricular activities, it’s hard to find time to fit everything in.When you’re spread thin, dinner doesn’t have to be an added stressor on your life.Kraft Foodsoffers an array of tips, ideas and recipes to make meal times simple!Make dinner time easy with these helpful tips:Prep ingredients ahead of time.Precook your chicken, cut it into bite-sized pieces and portion it out in freezer safe bags for easy use later.Cook ground beef ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator or freezer depending on when you will use it.