Be a Tourist in Your Own City

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LGI Homes’ neighborhoods are located in some of America’s greatest cities. Therefore, it only makes sense for those who call these cozy communities home, to take advantage of all that is waiting for them to enjoy in their new backyards.

Atlanta, GA
Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden

Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta is currently home to three LGI communities and a wealth of fun and entertainment for its residents. Perhaps one of the most exciting, particularly for those just moving into their new home, is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This beautiful destination provides much inspiration for those wishing to start their own smaller scale garden. Although Avondale Springs, Semaphore Crossing, and Maple Park are all fairly close by, they make a great weekend trip to take in the plant collections and other heavenly natural surroundings. Family memberships start at just $99 per year, which will pay for itself in just a few visits.

Residents of Semaphore Crossing and Avondale Springs need only embark on a short jaunt to Little Five Points in Midtown Atlanta. This eclectic area features restaurants, such as The Tijuana Garage and The Vortex Bar & Grill. Enjoy some Lobster Pico Rolls, a Mexican Veggie Pizza, Borracho Nachos, or an order of Southern Fried Pickles while taking in the tantalizing tastes close to home.

Atlanta is also home to a number of sports teams, such as the Falcons, Braves, and the Hawks, plus NASCAR at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is also home to a slice of sports history in Centennial Olympic Park.

Austin, TX
Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown

Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown
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The North Austin community of Sonterra is located near Georgetown, Texas, a historic area full of both natural and manmade richness. Residents can enjoy picnicking alongside the luscious lagoon, known as Blue Hole, just blocks from downtown. Historic Georgetown features self-guided tours of attractions, such as the Old Williamson County Jail and the City Pharmacy.

East Austin is not only home to the community of Presidential Glen, but also near popular tourist hot spots, including Texas State Cemetery, Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, and Live Oak Brewing Company. Residents can spend the day enjoying great beer, music, artwork, or perhaps putting the green.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo

White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo
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The Dallas/Fort Worth area currently is home to seven LGI Homes’ communities, as well as the lure of many popular tourist attractions. The Fort Worth Zoo houses to at least 5,000 animals and is open every day of the year. Family memberships begin around $130 per year, and offer visitors unlimited visits.

St. Patrick Cathedral is a breathtaking, must-see attraction offering daily mass. The architecture of this structure, with its gothic columns and stained glass windows, attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

In addition to animals and architecture, the Dallas/Fort Worth area boasts rich culture and cuisine, as well as the Stockyards Rodeo and the Texas Motor Speedway for sports fans.

Houston, TX
Girls Playing at the Children's Museum of Houston

Girls Playing at the Children’s Museum of Houston
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For home owners in the Houston area, there are various free museums for both individuals and families to enjoy. The Holocaust Museum Houston features a variety of exhibits and is open seven days a week. September through May, on the first Tuesday of every month, residents can visit the Houston Zoo free of charge as well. The Children’s Museum of Houston is free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and makes a wonderful family night field trip.

Houston also offers great shopping, delicious restaurants, and a vibrant night life. Enjoy some pork belly tacos from Anvil Bar & Refuge downtown or scout some unique pieces at Antiques on 8, before taking in a concert or movie with friends or family.

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk
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San Antonio residents always have something to choose from, whether it is a slow, romantic walk on the River Walk or a fun-filled day with the family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, there is definitely something for everyone. The Alamo and Majestic Theatre are also popular attractions, while less famous spots, such as Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and Medina Lake are also welcoming, fun spots for residents and tourists alike.

Orlando, FL
Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando

Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando
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Perhaps the most famous attraction for residents and tourists, Disney World and Universal Orlando, are only the tip of the iceberg. Cherry Lake and Highland Meadows residents can take in a wide variety of venues and restaurants, including the Holy Land Experience and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum; as well as 310 Lakeside and Amura.

Tampa, FL
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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Krenson residents can take the short drive into Tampa and enjoy the beautiful scenery while crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Busch Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Airheads Trampoline Arena are also fun-filled, popular tourist spots. Take in a meal at the Pane Rustica, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, or one of many other delicious restaurants in the area.

Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park
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Probably the most popular, yet natural attraction, for residents of the Blue Hills, Glennwilde, and Magma Ranch communities is the Grand Canyon. A wonderful way to take in nature is to throw a tent in the trunk and camp out under the stars, perhaps at Mather Campground on the South Rim, or Desert View Campground. While touring the canyon, a river trip is a must and can range anywhere from one day to a 25-day trip aboard rafts on private or professionally guided tours.

Tucson, AZ
Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
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Caddis Haley residents are privileged with a wealth of attractions, as well as LGI’s other communities. Home to Saguaro National Park, Reid Park Zoo, and the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, this area is rich in culture and natural beauty. The area also is a food mecca boasting restaurants such as Guillermo’s Double L Restaurant and Vivace.

Best Tips for Preparing & Organizing Your Home for 2014

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The worst way to begin the New Year is with a messy home, particularly when you have recently moved into a luxurious LGI home. For those who are struggling to regain or maintain order, especially with the addition of the most recent installment of Christmas gifts, here are some tips to help you prepare your home for 2014.

The Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Design

Getting organized in the kitchen starts by throwing away expired products and giving away unused culinary equipment.

With all of the leftovers crammed inside the fridge, now is a great time to begin to organize the kitchen and refrigerator shelves. As these items are eaten or expire, toss a few extra items out, which you are either no longer eating or drinking and are past their expiration date. As the space becomes cleared out, consider purchasing either some bins specifically designed for refrigerator organization or to save money, perhaps some small inexpensive bins, such as shoe storage boxes from the local dollar store.

Along the same path as the fridge, begin weeding through the cabinets and cupboards, tossing out anything opened more than a few weeks, as well as anything out of date. If you do not already have them, consider purchasing some additional dollar store bins for organizing snacks, small canned goods, chips, and other pantry items. Large items and those used infrequently can be placed in containers near the bottom or top of your pantry areas.


The Bathroom

Organizational Bathroom Basket

When organizing the bathroom, never underestimate the utility of decorative baskets for storing lotions, shampoos, and soaps!

It is easy to become overwhelmed with beauty and bath products, especially after the holidays when many people are organizing recent perfume, soap, or lotion gifts. Everything from glass jars to wicker baskets are excellent organizational options for the bathroom. Stuff cotton swaps, toilet tissue, soaps, and other items into decorative containers to display, or if you choose, place into containers to store under the sink, in the medicine cabinet, or in a linen closet.


Bedrooms

Well Organized Kid's Bedroom

When it comes to organizing your bedrooms, especially children’s rooms, the first step is to find a place for clutter items.

Perhaps your bedroom or your children’s bedrooms are in total disarray, littered with loads of Christmas gifts no one knows where to store. If you, your spouse, or child received baseball caps to add to a collection, pick up an inexpensive package of shower hooks and a wooden coat hanger to put all of those hats out of sight. If you would rather display them all, purchase an inexpensive shelf and line them up for everyone to see.

For random clutter, cover some of the strongest of your leftover gift boxes with some decorative wrapping paper or fabric and store in closets or under beds.

In order to get your home organized quickly, make a New Year’s resolution to chip away at your clutter a little bit each day of January. This way, you and your family can enjoy the rest of the year in a clutter-free, mostly stress-free zone.