Cleaning Hacks for Your Home

home cleaning tips

At Bozman Farms, we know it’s important to have a clean, beautiful home. However, keeping a home clean and tidy can be time-consuming. Also, the heavy cleaning chemicals sold in stores can be dangerous, especially with kids or pets around. We’ve compiled a list of some fast, easy, and inexpensive cleaning hacks that will keep your house as spotless as the day it was built.

 

Keep stainless steel appliances pristine with cream of tartar.

Stainless steel appliances are beautiful, but vulnerable to easy staining. Cleaning with a damp cloth doesn’t work, as it leaves streaks. However, if you add a dab of water to cream of tartar powder on a brush, they’ll get your kitchen appliances looking brand new. Cream of tartar powder is just a couple dollars at your local grocery, and unlike most cleaning products, it doesn’t leave an odor!

 

Lift coffee stains with baking soda.

Coffee is dangerous for carpet and clothing. Stains, especially old ones, can ruin fibers. While many swear by club soda to tackle coffee stains, it is often ineffective on stains that have already set. Baking soda on a damp towel attacks coffee stains and can bring carpet or clothing back to life.

 

Use Coca-Cola to clean oil stains off the garage floor.

Believe it or not, this works great! Guys love working on cars, but few love cleaning the mess auto repair often creates. Pouring Coke on oil stains is an easy, inexpensive way to keep the garage floor clean. Just cover the stain and let it sit for several minutes. Make sure to spray the soda off the floor with plenty of water to keep the floor from getting sticky.

 

Grind rice to keep the coffee grinder fresh.

There are few better smells than a fresh cup of coffee at the crack of dawn. The smell of weeks-old coffee bean fragments in the grinder is a completely different story. Coffee grinders are notoriously difficult to deaden, until now. Grind a full load of uncooked white rice three or four times to rid the old coffee bean smell. Rinse with water afterward.

Clean up broken glass with a piece of bread.

Accidents happen, especially in homes with kids. You can use pieces of bread to pick up shards of glass on wood and tile floors. Just press slices against the floor and the sponge-like texture of the bread can pick even those tiny shards that are seemingly impossible to catch.

 

Use coffee filters to clean screens.

TV screens and computer monitors are a nightmare to clean. They are perpetually dusty and using any sort of wet cleaner leaves streaks. You can wipe down screens with a dry coffee filter to restore a screen’s clarity. The filter’s fibers are a magnet for dust, and unlike microfiber cloths, it doesn’t leave streaks.

 

Bozman Farms is conveniently located near Wylie, Texas. With generous lots and top-quality construction, it’s the perfect master-planned community for families. Stop by and see our model homes to find your next home.

Six Ways to Live Simply in Bozman Farms

Live Simply in Bozman Farms

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get lost in the clutter. At Bozman Farms, we strive to live simply and in peace. Simplicity is key to living calmly. It may seem like a big job, but simplifying your life can begin with just a few minutes out of your day. We’ve compiled a list of 6 quick ways to simplify your life.

Eat a Real Breakfast

It may be fast and easy to grab a granola bar on your way out or scarf down a bowl of cereal, but they will not give you the energy you need to start the day off right. Make it a point to make a real, simple breakfast a part of your morning routine. Some eggs, toast, and fruit will do a lot more for your body and mindset than staying in bed a few extra minutes. Also, having a few minutes to sit down and eat is a great way to relax and stay calm in the morning.

Create White Space

White space is necessary to highlight the special items in your home. While we’d love to display important and beautiful items around the house, having too many things around can clutter your home.

How to create white space:

  1. Choose a surface – a wall, a shelf, a table.
  2. Remove everything from it.
  3. Re-distribute, store, or toss those items.
  4. Clean the space and leave it completely empty for a few days.
  5. Put one thing in that spot and nothing else. Make it something meaningful.
  6. Maintain it. Don’t let it get cluttered again.

Make the Most of Your Storage

People tend to make poor use of their storage areas. We throw things into closets, cram things under beds, and toss food blindly into the pantry. Efficient use of storage space is crucial to keeping the home neat and tidy.

How to maximize your storage areas:

  1. Pick a storage area. You can tackle the pantry, a closet, or work one shelf at a time.
  2. Take everything out of the spot. For larger areas, you can work one section at a time.
  3. Go through that stuff and throw out things you don’t need. You’ll be amazed how much unneeded stuff we keep around.
  4. Put items into boxes, bins or baskets instead of tossing them back on the shelves.
  5. Label! Mark what’s in each box so you can not only find things, but you’ll also know where to put new things in the future.

Make Your Bed Every Morning.

As simple as it may seem, even taking 5 minutes to make your bed in the morning can have a tremendous impact. It’s a great way to transform a bedroom into a calm, peaceful environment. The best part is, no matter what happens throughout the day, you’ll have a neatly made bed when you come home.
If you are looking to move to a master-planned community in North Texas, visit the Bozman Farms website and see why Wylie is the perfect fit for you!

The Perks of Being an Empty Nester

Perks of Being an Empty Nester

With school in full swing, the house may seem a little quiet. The peace may take some time to get used to, but there are some wonderful perks that come with your kids being away at college. We’ve compiled a list of some of the reasons to enjoy being an empty nester.

You can clean the house and it’ll stay clean.

No more clothes littered around the house or dirty dishes stacked to the ceiling! Things will finally stay where you put them, and for the first time in years, you might even be able to see the floor of your kid’s room.

Laundry just got a whole lot lighter.

The days of going through detergent like water are in the past. No more washing sweaty uniforms and grass-stained jeans. Never again will laundry be an all-day affair.

Grocery bills shrink.

With your kids taking every advantage of after-hours dining halls and nearby fast-food chains, you no longer have to fill the bottomless pit that is a teenager’s stomach. All of a sudden, juice and milk will last days, bags of chips won’t be annihilated in one sitting, and bagel bites will never have to occupy half the freezer.

Off-season vacations are way cheaper.

You don’t have to vacation only in the expensive school breaks anymore. You and your partner can jet set on a dime with off-season vacations. Trust us, the Caribbean is just as delightful in October as it is in June. Go ahead, book that dream vacation!

Peace at last.

No more blaring music coming from their rooms or videos games at 3 AM. No more reality TV shows during dinner: just peace and tranquility.

Feel like newlyweds again.

With the kids out of the house, you and your partner can focus on each other again. You can run off to a late movie or a last-minute dinner without worrying about finding a sitter or the kids burning the house down!

Your kids are having the time of their lives at college, and you should have the time of yours at home. Learn more about our master-planned community and find your new home at Bozman Farms!

Keep Burglars Out of Your Home with These Tips

Bozman Farms in Wylie, Texas

The town of Wylie, Texas is a safe place for your family and a great place to call home. In fact, only 27% of Texas towns are safer.

 

But, as most homeowners know, it’s best to prepare for the unexpected.

 

That’s why today we are giving you seven tips on how to protect yourself, your home, and most importantly, your family, from burglary.

 

Travel Quietly

In 2016, it’s easy to let all of your friends and family know when, where and why you’ll be away thanks to social media. The first rule of vacationing is don’t mention any of your travel plans online! Posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram about your upcoming vacation makes you an easy target for a potential burglar.

 

Deadbolt Your Door

Let’s state the obvious – your door is safer if it’s locked. Take your protection to the next level with a deadbolt lock. Deadbolts make it more difficult to get in through your door. This will discourage your burglar because the longer it takes, the likelier they are to get caught. Find the perfect lock here.

 

Get an Alarm

One of the most effective ways to deter a burglary is by adding an alarm system. Security alarms will alert you when someone has entered your home and also have the ability to scare away the potential burglar.

 

Lighting

Make sure your home is well lit. If a home looks unoccupied or dark, it is a target for theft. It’s hard to see someone breaking into a home if they cannot be seen.

 

All in all, protecting your home to keep burglars out should be the main priority for you and your family. Learn more about our community and why we think it will be a good, safe fit for you!

Three Reasons Why Bozman Farms is Perfect for Empty Nesters

So the time has come, your kids are all grown up and downsizing has never seemed like such a great option. As sad as it can be once all of your children leave the nest, moving into the next phase of parenthood leaves you with plenty of great options and freedom.

“Where will we move?”

“Where do we want to move?”

Luckily for you, you don’t have to look any farther than Bozman Farms in Wylie, Texas!

Here are three reasons why Bozman Farms is perfect for empty nesters:

Our Homebuilders

Castlerock Communities, HistoryMaker Homes and Highland Homes build some of the finest and most renowned homes in all of North Texas. With homes ranging in size from 2-5 bedrooms, you can easily find something that fits your lifestyle and price range.

The Amenities

Once your kids are gone, it’s time to get back to the way things used to be – nice and quiet! At Bozman Farms, there are plenty of areas to take in nature. From the scenic Rush Creek to the nearly 70 acres of linear creek-side parks, there’s always a way to relax outdoors. Bozman Farms also features Collins Park Lake with a lighted fountain and fishing pier, two resort-style pools and large open green spaces!

Wylie, Texas

The city of Wylie, Texas is conveniently located near major highways that allow for easy access to all of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Although Dallas is just a short drive away, you’ll love the small town, laidback lifestyle of Wylie. You can also enjoy easy access to Woodbridge Golf Club, Founder’s Park and Firewheel Shopping Area!

Becoming an empty-nester isn’t it a bad thing, it’s just a new phase of life. Enjoy it with us here in Bozman Farms! Stop by and see our model homes to find your next home.

Goodbye 2016 Summer Olympics, Hello 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics officially came to a close Sunday night in spectacular fashion and when it was all said and done, the Americans came on out top:

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(Image via: ESPN.com)

The USA finished with 121 total medals (46 Gold, 37 Silver, and 28 Bronze). They were followed by China in total medals with 70 (26 Gold, 18 Silver, and 26 Bronze) and Great Britain who totaled 76 (27 Gold, 23 Silver, and 17 Bronze).

 

Wylie, Texas’ very own Jackie Galloway brought home the bronze medal after defeating France’s Gwladys Epangue 2-1 in Taekwondo.

 

Other top performers included Michael Phelps, who earned five more gold medals and one silver to take his total to 28 Olympic medals – the most in history. Simone Biles made her much-anticipated Olympic debut, winning gold in the Women’s Vault, Women’s Team All-Around, Women’s Floor Exercise, and Women’s Individual All-Around. Biles also won a bronze medal in the Women’s beam final. She is a heavy favorite to repeat at Tokyo 2020. Katie Ledecky was another top performer in 2016 as the 19-year-old swimmer from Stanford dominated the pool, and took home 4 golds and one silver.

 

So, what’s next?

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(Image via: Olympic.org)

 

All eyes will now turn to PyeongChang in the Republic of South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The event will run from February 09, 2018 through February 25, 2018, which is only 532 days to go!

 

The Olympics Games is always a friendly reminder of just how big our world really is, yet Bozman Farms, located in Wylie, Texas, is the perfect place to call home. With family-friendly amenities and a beautiful selection of model homes designed to fit any lifestyle, you’ll enjoy the small-town of Wylie that is easily accessible to anywhere in DFW! Stop by and see our model homes today!

Recipes to Serve at Your Olympic Watch Party

Believe it or not, the Olympics are almost over! But don’t worry, there is still plenty of action to catch and plenty of time to have some friends over to root for the USA.

When hosting friends and family, there’s one thing to always keep in mind: Snacks!

So, what should you serve at your next Olympics watch party? We’re glad you asked. Here are six Olympic-themed recipes to try:

Olympic Cookies

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(Photo by lovetobeinthekitchen.com)

This treat has all of the categories covered. Tasty, festive and easy to make! You’ll love this soft, delicious sugar cookie with buttercream frosting and m&m’s that are symbolic of the Olympic rings. See the full recipe and ingredients.

Olympic Medal Treats

Everyone is a winner with these treats! This fun and easy craft project will definitely excite Bozman Farms kids at your next watch party. All you need is 24 inches of ribbon, 1 chocolate gold coin, markers, glue and circle page reinforcements. Find the full the list of instructions here.

Olympic Torch Cupcakes

No Olympic Games watching party is complete without a torch! These are not your average cupcakes, and will take a little bit of preparation, but the outcome will be so worth it for you and your family, friends and neighbors. Learn how to make Olympic torch cupcakes here.

Two Torches is Better Than One

As previously mentioned, what is an Olympic watch party without a torch? Well if you are looking for something a little easier, this is your recipe. What will you need? Ice cream cones and cheese popcorn are all you will need! For even more fun, you can also turn these simple concoctions into a game. Fill the cups and have your kids race across the room without spilling any!

The Olympics is a fun event for the athletes competing in Rio. But they’re also fun for those of us watching back home in Bozman Farms! Whether you are getting outside and enjoying the Bozman Farms amenities or staying inside and enjoying the action, don’t forget about the snacks!

Meet the 2016 Olympian from Wylie, TX

With the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in full swing, it’s time to take a closer look at one athlete that is representing the great city of Wylie, Texas!

Meet Jackie Calloway:

Wylie Olympian

(Picture via teamusa.org)

About Jackie Galloway:

Height: 5-10

Weight: 161 lbs

DOB: 12/27/1995

High School: Wylie High School, Class of 2014

College: SMU, Mechanical Engineering

Jackie was born in Crownpoint, Texas but was raised here in Wylie and attended Wylie High School. An accomplished athlete in martial arts, this will be her very first Olympic Games. She will compete in Taekwondo at the Rio Games at the weight of +73 kg. Jackie is primarily coached by her father, Gary Galloway.

Some of her career highlights include:

2015 Bronze Medalist (-73kg) at the World Championships, 2016 Pan American Championships Silver Medalist (+73kg), 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medalist (+67kg), 2014 Pan American Championships Gold Medalist, 2014 Grand Prix (Kazakhstan) Gold Medalist, 2014 Collegiate World Championships Gold Medalist, 2012 Junior World Championships Bronze Medalist. 

Aside from competition, Jackie is an avid reader who enjoys authentic Thai food, pho and Korean BBQ. On competition days, she likes to start off with oatmeal, scrambled eggs and coffee. Her favorite movie is Step Brothers and, like many others, her favorite athlete is UFC’s Ronda Rousey. Her favorite television shows include cult-classic The Office and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You can learn more about Jackie here, our very own Wylie Olympian.

The city of Wylie, Texas is a great place to raise a family. The Wylie Independent School District not only provides the best in academics but also helps to mold your child’s mind with top-notch athletics, arts and other various extracurricular activities.

Learn more about Wylie, Texas and the master-planned community of Bozman Farms by exploring our website today!

Six Ideas for Your Own Summer Olympics

Tomorrow, the 2016 Olympics will officially begin! If you have kiddos running around your Bozman Farms home, they might not get the significance or have the attention span to sit down and watch the numerous events.

But to get your kids into the spirit, we have put together a list of kid-friendly crafts and activities to celebrate the Summer Olympics.

Ice Cream Torch

Summer Olympics
(Photo by: makeandtakes.com)

Every Olympics needs a grand Opening Ceremony! Cool off with some ice cream and waffle cones to make your very own Olympics torches. Take a picture of your kids each hold these up and they’re sure to be a hit on social media.

The 40-Yard Dash

This event is easy to set up, for obvious reasons. Just create your start and finish line and have everyone participating line up. Once you’re ready, use a horn or your hands to make a loud noise and they’re off!

Shot Put 

To replicate the shot put competition, all you’ll need is some bocce balls! Once again place your starting point and record the distance to see who can throw it the farthest.

Discus

If you have a Frisbee, you have a discus! Once again, see who can throw it the farthest to determine the winner.

Bean Bag Toss

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(Photo by: asmallsnippet.com)

Another great contest to include in your Bozman Farms Olympics – the bean bag toss! You’ll just need a corn hole set. Assign points by each bean bag made in the hole and each bean bag that lands on the board!

Closing Ceremonies

While you can make the games as fun as you’d like, you can also assign values to each game and then decide a winner at the very end. When dealing with kids, a simple pizza party with a celebration will do!

Bozman Farms has plenty of space to host your Bozman Farms Olympic Games! With plenty of open green spaces, your games will have the whole neighborhood talking. Learn more about Bozman Farms and see why Wylie is the perfect fit for you!

 

 

Three Family-Fun Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Don’t look now, but it’s nearly August! Where did the summer go? With one month left, there is still plenty of time to enjoy with your kids before the focus will shift from summer to back-to-school. Here are 10 family-fun things to do before summer ends:

 

Hit The Lake

Lake Lavon, like Wylie, is located within Collin County. Not only can you get out on the water, but you can also relax on the beaches, camp, hike, bike, and enjoy other outdoor activities among the lush green grass and trees. If you want even more lake, consider Lake Ray Hubbard in the neighboring Rockwall. Enjoy the great lake front views as you stroll along the harbor or have a delicious lunch or dinner with great lake views.

 

Take a Road Trip

The wonderful thing about North Texas is that there are plenty of great options for a weekend getaway! If you’re looking to take the kids somewhere within just a few hours, consider Austin, TX. There’s Hamilton Pool which features an incredible view and a natural slide or visit Barton Springs Pool to lay out and enjoy some cool water!

 

Catch a Ballgame

When the summer heats up, so does baseball season! Globe Life Park in Arlington is located in the center of the DFW Metroplex and is easily accessible via 121 to 360 or I30. The Texas Rangers currently sit in first place and have nearly 70 games still to play. If you don’t want to make the journey to Arlington, consider the minor-league affiliate, Frisco RoughRiders. The RoughRiders play at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX located directly off of the Dallas North Tollway. Games are filled with fun activities to keep the kids entertained and feature a lot of future MLB talent.

 

Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to end! Bozman Farms, located in Wylie, TX is perfectly located to easily get around the DFW Metroplex. There are also a lot of great amenities within the master-planned community that make it easy to enjoy a day with the family without leaving the neighborhood!

 

Learn more about the Bozman Farms builders and see why Wylie is the perfect fit for you!