How to Host the Perfect Thanksgiving in your Arizona Home

It’s almost Thanksgiving! If you haven’t prepared activities for your family and guests yet, we’re here to help you out. Here are some activities that will surely make this year’s Thanksgiving memorable.


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Decorate Your Home


As the end of the year draws near, Arizona local crafters come out at local fairs to showcase their best work. We recommend visiting Cosanti and taking advantage of their Holiday Soleri Windbell sale. 

Wow out-of-town guests and decorate your home for Thanksgiving with unique pieces from vendors all over the Southwest. Show them the true beauty of the southwestern desert with indoor and outdoor pieces. 

Add Awnings to Extend Your Entertainment Space


Expand your entertainment area by putting up awnings in your backyard, add tables and decorate the space with colorful outdoor seats. Keep your guests warm in this season's chilly temperatures by adding propane powered heaters or firepits.

All Pro Shade Concepts has has traditional and retractable awnings fit for Arizona homes.

Try New Thanksgiving Recipes


One way of making an occasion memorable is to do something completely different. Aside from turkey and the usual sides, there are other Thanksgiving recipes you can serve your family and guests. The next time you go out to do groceries, look out for local artisan foods that can give your recipes a little twist.

Here is Southwestern take on a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with items like roasted poblano gravy & Chile-Spiced Sweet Potato Tamales: Southwestern Thanksgiving

 

Play Fun & Unique Games


Don’t settle for the usual board games. Make the holiday count by preparing something entertaining. Set up a backyard scavenger hunt for kids in the family. Do a relay race while waddling like a turkey. Do a pumpkin pie eating contest. There are so many activities to choose from. Make sure everybody can participate so no one feels left out!

Have Some Backyard Fun


If you prefer an intimate Thanksgiving gathering over the usual party games, you can always hang out with your family by the firepit. Share stories and songs, and roast some food over the fire. If you’re looking for a cozier setting, your patio will do just fine.

Make Your Patio Comfortable


Get zipper-sealed track patio shades from All Pro Shade Concepts for your patio so you can hang out in enclosed space protected from bugs & debris. Buddle up with family and friends, enjoy the brisk weather, drink hot chocolate and catch up with warm and fuzzy stories that remind each other of how much you have to be thankful for. 

You can add a sun, wind, or sun and wind sensors to your backyard patio for piece of mind.

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Does Your Home Need More Privacy?

Does your home need more privacy? If you live in Arizona, you probably know this problem well. Not having enough privacy is a common problem in parts of Arizona where developers tend to maximize profit. Homes in Gilbert, Queen Creek & West Valley are built so close together, not leaving much to the imagination of prying eyes or curious neighbors.

People passing by can see you go about your daily routine through your windows. Having a nice afternoon in your backyard patio? Your neighbors can see you from the second floor of their homes. When you just want to relax and enjoy solitude, the last thing you want to see is your neighbors staring at you. How do you solve this privacy problem?


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Build Fences or Walls


This seems to be the pretty obvious solution. But first, you have to pick the kind of fence that works for you. You can go for the usual wooden fence, or a stone wall topped with wooden fencing. Mixing it up a bit with interesting materials such as glass, ornate ironwork or different kinds of wood can get rid of the claustrophobic feeling you get from dull fences. Just make sure to follow your area’s Property Line & Fence laws.

 

 

Consider Lattices


One good way to gain privacy is to use lattices. Lattices can make your yard look more cozy and inviting. If your yard is looking a little grey, you can add some color by growing vines like Bougainvillea or Cat’s Claw unto your lattice. While lattices allow air flow and natural light into your yard, it also serves as a good visual barrier.

Get Sun Screens on Your Windows


If you need some privacy from your neighbors and shade from the glaring sun, shade solutions can hit two birds with one stone. It takes a bit of work to put up fences and lattices, and not everyone has the luxury of time. You can always ask a professional to install shade solutions for you. Sun screens are great all-year round visual barriers and it helps you cool your home. You can choose your custom screen materials- like fabric, where you can decide the amount of visibility you want from the outside.

 

 

Get Patio Shades or Awnings


Retractable awnings and patio roll shades are awesome options that will also let you enjoy your patio without worrying about being seen from your neighbor’s second floor window. You'll be amazed at how much more privacy you'll feel with these simple shade solutions. Just as the window screens, you can decide the amount of visibility you prefer with your custom patio shades, along with your choice of track style.

Do Some Landscaping


There are many ways to use plants and trees to gain more privacy, and there are a number of trees that can grow in the Arizona climate. Trees like the Desert Willow, Blue Palo Verde and Arizona Rosewood are perfect for landscaping. Hedges and other plants are also a great way to block your neighbors’ view. If your yard space is a little small, experiment with raised plant beds, huge planters and layered gardens and turn your yard into a quaint little getaway.

 

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Get Your Arizona Home Ready for Nice Weather

It’s been a long, hot summer, but it’s finally time to get your Arizona backyard and patio ready for the cooler fall and winter months! Check out these home makeover tips just in time for your outdoor soirees.


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Mood Lighting


Nothing sets the mood like outdoor lighting when you’re entertaining. While standard overhead lighting on your patio is practical, it can make your outdoor party seem drab and dull. String market lights or lanterns across your entire yard to light up the whole space and make your yard and patio more inviting. Uplighting on trees makes a dramatic impression, and walkway lighting is a practical and trendy way to draw attention to your entertainment space.

 

Patio Shades are an amazing feature to add to your Arizona Backyard.

Add Patio Shades


Patio shades are another option that will improve your entertainment space. Make your backyard patio comfortable for your guests, by opting for a zipper-sealed track- as it helps to keep out bugs and blowing debris out without sacrificing the fresh air. Go for premium options by automating your patio shades, controlling it with a touch of a button via wall switch or smartphone. All Pro Shade Concepts utilizes only the best, top-of-the-line motors by Somfy

 

New Patio Furniture


Labor day is the symbolic “end of summer” holiday, so many stores try to clear out all their summer merchandise to make way for fall and holiday decor. Patio furniture is no longer advertised, which means you may be able to snag a great deal on a brand new outdoor dining set or outdoor seating collection. Your best bet at this point is to try searching clearance sections in store and online.

 

Extend Your Entertainment Space


Awnings are the perfect way to increase the amount of space for your guests to mingle. Place a few extra tables and chairs for your gathering underneath your awning, and they will be protected from the sun & rain. If you choose a retractable awning, you'll be able to retract the awning back when your guests leave, protecting the longevity of your fabric, while hiding your awning discreetly. All Pro Shade Concepts are the Arizona Trusted Experts in the installation of static and retractable awnings.

 

Landscape


As the heat of the summer drops, start thinking about getting your winter grass seeded. Most Arizona lawns consist of Bermuda grass in the summer and Ryegrass in the winter. In the summer, Bermuda grass is able to tolerate the city's triple-digit temperatures. But, Bermuda grass is dormant during the winter months. For this reason, if you want to keep your lawn looking beautiful &  green all year, you have to plant winter rye grass. October is the prime month to start scalping your lawn & planting your Ryegrass seeds.

 

Outdoor Games


Lawn games are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family and inspire a little friendly competition. Bocce ball is becoming popular again, and cornhole (or bean-bag-toss, depending on where you’re from) is always a classic game to play. You may be able to find lawn games like ladder ball and croquet on clearance at certain stores this time of year too!

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The Most Popular Home Upgrades in Paradise Valley

One of the wealthiest suburbs of the Phoenix metropolitan area sits just northwest of the city: Paradise Valley. PV is well known for its luxurious resorts, immaculate golf courses, high end dining, and beautiful homes. The overall cost of living in Paradise Valley is well over three times the cost of the Arizona average, and the majority of that cost is the result of the housing market. If you’re looking for extravagant home upgrades, PV is the place to see it.


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There are countless upgrades that can be done to the inside and outside of your home to not only increase resale value, but also create a unique space that you can truly be proud of.

Furniture


If the thought of major home renovation seems overwhelming, furniture can be a great place to start your upgrades when you’re not ready to make the commitment to construction. Purchasing high quality furniture may feel like a big blow to your wallet ($$$) but you’ll be saving more in the long run since better quality furniture tends to last much longer.

 

 

Pieces that get a lot of use, such as couches, should definitely be durable and last you a while. Outdoor patio seating should be especially well-made in order to be able to stand up to the harsh conditions of the Arizona elements.

Motorized Shades


Worried about protecting your new seating or outdoor entertainment spaces from the sun and other elements? Motorized patio shades and awnings are a great way to accomplish this. They are much faster and easier to deploy than individual furniture covers. They can even be installed to be controlled with your smartphone to make it even easier! Even indoor furniture can become sun-bleached, so why not take your sun protection one step further? Install sun screens on the outside of the home to prolong the life of your upholstery.

 

Bonus: Sunscreens help reduce cooling costs by up to 25%, and All Pro Shade Concepts is an SRP certified contractor. More on what that means for you here.

Lighting and Entertainment


Outdoor kitchens and bars are a major staple in many Paradise Valley homes, and they are a great way to keep the inside of the house cool while you do the cooking and entertaining outside. With flat screen televisions and full size refrigerators outside with your grill though, you’ll want to take extra precautions to keep all of these things protected.

Misting Systems


If you’re interested in extending your living space to the outdoors, consider a misting system. We all know the Arizona heat can be unbearable and can really put a damper on any plans involving the outdoors, but a misting system can make the patio a much more pleasant place to be and it uses less water than you may think. Be sure to consult a professional when it comes to installing misters though, you may need additional pumps to ensure your misters are working properly and not acting as a sprinkler system instead.

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Why You Should Buy A House That’s North or South Facing

When you’re searching for a new home, there are many things that you are probably considering. Is the yard big enough? Are there enough bedrooms? Is the kitchen the right size? Is there a pool? Out of all of these questions, there is probably one that you’re not considering - is the house you’re looking at north or south facing?


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The reason this is an important question to ask yourself or the realtor is that it makes a difference when and where the sun comes into your home. This question, however, is very much dependent on where you live. If you’re living in an area that has a more moderate climate most of the year, you’ll mostly likely want to have more sunlight warming your house, but if you’re in a place like Arizona, you’ll want to make sure you have the least amount of sunlight warming your house as possible to keep it cool.

 South-Facing


If you’re looking to have the most sunlight in your home, you’ll typically want to look for a house that is south-facing. This will ensure that your home is filled with natural sunlight for most of the day and give the front of your house more light and warmth.

North-Facing


Typically a north-facing home will only get sunlight in the back of the home and will be naturally cooler and darker than that of a south-facing home. In a place like Arizona this is typically the home you’ll want to look more at to keep cooling costs down when the temperatures rise. Who wouldn't want to save more money when you're running the A/C so often?

If you find that the sun is warming your home in a way you never intended, don’t worry, you don’t have to pack up and find a new home. Think about installing sun screens in the parts of your home that get the warmest (or the whole home for a uniform look).

 

 

Sun screens will block out most sunlight and heat, keep your home cooler, and cut down your cooling costs. What’s great about sun shades is that they don’t block out the view from the inside of your home, but keep wandering eyes from looking in from the outside.

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When you’re shopping around for sun screens, All Pro Shade Concepts in Phoenix hand make their screens to customize them to each client’s needs. They can also help you participate in the SRP Shade Screen Rebate Program that could allow you to get a rebate from your sun screen installation.

For more information you can visit the All Pro Shade Concept website or call them at 623-201-4969.

Monsoon Season: Options That Can Help Your Home Shades Survive

If you’ve lived in Arizona for some time you’ll know that monsoon season will come whether you’re ready for it or not. If you’ve installed shades or awnings in your home, you’ll want to make sure that they’re protected when the strong winds roll in.


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Here are a couple ways you can ensure your money isn’t wasted and you still have the privacy and comfort of sun shades.

 

Retractable Awnings & Patio Shades


When the storm turns your day upside down - you don’t have to worry about your awnings and patio shades to do the same. Be sure to upgrade any existing shades to retractable to ensure that they can be safely stored away. 

If you’re feeling on upgrading a little more, you can opt to make your awnings/patio shades retractable by motorization and choose to have it connected to a WiFi enabled system that will connect to your smartphone.

Somfy Wind Sensors


In addition to adding retractable awnings, you can also purchase wind sensors to give you that extra peace of mind. Two options on the market are the Soliris RTS Kit and Eolis 3D Wirefree RTS Wind Sensor - both by Somfy. 

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Soliris RTS Kit

Soliris automatically controls your RTS motorized products based on weather conditions

Eolis 3D Wirefree RTS Wind Sensor

 

Elois is a wireless, battery powered wind sensor that will automatically retract an awning based on wind generated movements.”

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If the prospect of this new installation is daunting, let the experts at All Pro Shade Concepts handle everything for you. The Phoenix based shade solution company offers FREE home inspections with no obligation for purchase. If you do decide to use their services, they can install retractable awnings and patio shades in addition to the Somfy Wind Sensors should you want to be at ease knowing you won't have to do anything when the winds pick up.

For more information you can visit the All Pro Shade Concept website or call them at 623-201-4969.

How To Enjoy the Arizona Rain

At the height of summer, Arizona natives are accustomed to monsoon season where they typically see rainfall. Don’t let the rain of the season get you down. Here are tips to enjoy the Arizona rain -

Take A Walk


It might seem counterintuitive to walk while it’s raining out, but if it isn’t pouring to the point where you can’t see anything, the natural beauty that you can see during a light shower is amazing.

Go with friends, family, or enjoy some alone time. If you go with kids, release your inner child and jump in puddles with them!

 

Go For a Drive


If you’d rather stay a little more dry, you can go for a drive. It allows you to see the Arizona beauty that resurfaces from the rain, while avoiding your clothes being wet. You can drive to go somewhere like shops, restaurants or sweet treats, or you can simply drive to just feel like you’re getting away.

If you’re with kids, you can always drive to find the ends of rainbows!

 

Relax At Home


The most obvious way to enjoy the rain is to not even go anywhere. You can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Twist it up a bit though - you don’t need to stay inside all day. Relax on your patio with friends and family to enjoy the smells and sounds of the rainy day. One option outside is to have lunch with comfortable seating and tables big enough for the whole family.

If it is just a bit warm outside, consider installing fans in the patio space to cool it down a bit.

 

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If your patio is not covered, you should consider doing so first that way  everyone isn’t sitting around getting drenched. The experts at All Pro Shade Concepts have been in business for over 15 years providing shade solutions for homes and businesses. It’s a common misconception that their shades are only meant to protect from the sun. With their custom designed patio shades you can ensure that you’re protected from bugs, sun, wind, and rain! These patio shades are sealed to protect you from what nature has to throw at you while still being able to see outside. You can even opt to have them motorized in order to control them with your smartphone.

All Pro Shade Concepts installs custom window sun screens, awnings, and patio shades; and are the leading shade providers in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the East Valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek) and West Valley (Phoenix, Glendale, Sun City, Laveen, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear).

If you would like to contact All Pro Shade Concepts for more information, their phone number is (623) 201-4969.

Swimming To Escape The Heat? Don’t Let Sun Exposure Affect Your Family’s Health

When temperatures soar to over 100 degrees in an Arizona summer, there’s no better way to cool down than to take a dip in a cold, refreshing pool. Whether you’re floating in the water, or splashing around with the kids, never forget the health risks that the sun poses to you and your family. With the harmful UV rays shining down on you (and reflecting off of a pool), there are many things you can do to limit your health risks. Remember that the sun can give you sunburns that can be so painful that you feel you cannot move and it itches, it can cause blistering, it can prematurely age you, and you can develop freckles and moles that can then turn into cancer.

Even if you don't plan on hopping in the pool this summer, here are tips to make sure you all have fun while still being safe.

Lather on the SPF


The most important thing to remember when you’re out in the sun (going swimming or not) is to apply sunscreen. If you will be hanging out at the pool, the number one rule is to reapply - and liberally. The CDC recommends using at least an SPF of 15 prior to going outside. Of course, the higher the SPF number the more protection it is supposed to give. You should reapply every two hours, or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Last but not least, make sure your sunscreen has not expired. If it does not have an expiration date, sunscreen typically has a shelf life of about three years.

 

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A hat is definitely a good thing to wear while relaxing in the pool. Also consider wearing sunglasses. Not only will they protect your eyes from the bright sunlight and reflection of the sun off the pool, but it protects your eyes from sun damage along with the skin surrounding your eyes.

Protective Clothing


Another way to protect yourself is to cover your skin whenever possible. If you are not swimming and can bear to put on some sort of clothing (thin and light would be best in the heat), that would help against the harmful UV rays. Additionally, it would be a good idea to wear a sun hat. It will give you shade on your face and neck, and if the brim is large enough, it could even give you some protection on your shoulders.

 

Find Shade


The last way to protect you and your family from the harsh sun is to hang out in the shade whenever possible. That could be sitting under a big tree, under a patio umbrella, or under an awning or patio shade. A Patio umbrella is an easy, inexpensive option, but if you’re having a party, it would not be sufficient to provide shade for everyone. 

When trying to provide the most shade as possible in your yard, think of installing an awning or patio shades.

An awning gives you additional shade on your patio. It increases the amount of shaded area by attaching it to your home and extending out. Awnings are typically retractable so they don’t always need to be out.
A patio shade attaches to your existing patio and comes down like a window shade so it can block the sun from coming into your patio. It can also block out winds, bugs and dirt when retracted down.

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If you’re trying to decide between an awning or patio shade, you can always consult the experts at All Pro Shade Concepts. They offer a free home inspection to determine what shade solutions would best fit your needs and your home. They even create shade solutions that can be controlled by your smartphone! Contact them at 623-201-4969 for more information.

Don’t let the sun beat you out of your fun this summer!