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Fall for Autumn Decor

Fall is here and the only thing that will make these Darling homes even more show stopping is a little autumn décor. Here are some ways to use pumpkins, pinecones and pretty fall foliage to take your home’s curb appeal up a notch.

Garnish your front door with the colors of the season from deep reds to bright oranges and golden yellows with a wreath or go above and beyond with a festive fall garland.

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You can also enhance your front porch and dining room table alike with lavish, seasonal floral arrangements.

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Finally, if fall is your favorite season of them all, incorporate seasonal throw pillows and scents throughout the house.

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Creative Homework Hubs

School is back in session! With children and teens in Darling communities heading back to A+ schools in some of the best school districts in Texas, it’s time to find a prime spot at home to get those studies done. Luckily, there’s no shortage of homework spots in these Darling homes, from formal studies to computer niches.

Here are some tips to create an A+ worthy homework hub:

Stock up on supplies. Eliminate distractions by keeping any supplies your child might need within arm’s reach. Then they won’t need to pause their studies to grab a sharpened pencil or different color marker.

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Make it mobile. Sometimes a change in scenery can inspire productivity. Keep homework station supplies in a caddy so your child can move around as needed.

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Minimize clutter. Organization is key to ensuring no important assignments or permission slips get lost. Clear off clutter from your homework station daily, add a bulletin board or use a filing system to keep everything in order

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Host a Labor Day Soiree

This Labor Day, throw a backyard bash filled with food and fun for all – because a day off is always a reason to celebrate! Here are some tips:

Select Your Venue: Host your get together at home or change up the scenery and pick another place to party. Many of Houston’s top communities including Bridgeland, Cross Creek Ranch, Cypress Creek Lakes and more feature beautiful outdoor spaces, clubhouses and pools where you can host your soirée.

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Gather Your Guests: Labor Day is a busy weekend for everyone, so give your guests plenty of notice prior to the party. If you’re keeping it small with just a few close friends, give everyone a call to let them know your plans. For a bigger bash, go big and mail invitations.

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Choose Your Menu: The Food Network has plenty of mouth-watering recipes to include in your Labor Day spread. From personal grilled pizzas and American-style potato salad to flank steak with balsamic barbecue sauce and Dijon chicken wings, your guests will leave craving more!

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Determine Your Décor: Decide if you want to give your party a theme or keep it a casual get together. You can go all out with a patriotic theme or take Martha Stewart’s advice on decorating for a Labor Day bash and incorporate seersucker napkins and dip-dyed bamboo place mats.

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Kids in School

School is here, but don’t let that stop you! Here are some fun activities in and around the Houston area so you and your family can soak up the last rays of summer.

Museums. Houston has plenty of museums to explore, making for a fun, educational day on the town with the kids. From hands-on experiences at The Health Museum and the Children’s Museum of Houston, to the Art Car Museum and others that unleash your creative side, there’s something for everyone!

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Discovery Green. Have an outdoor adventure in the middle of downtown Houston. Enjoy kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on Kinder Lake or take a stroll on the McNair Jogging Trail.

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Moody Gardens. Experience the rainforest, explore the ocean’s depths, challenge your agility on a ropes course and zip line at Moody Gardens. Visit for the day or stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel and enjoy a weekend with the family. Even better? It’s just 45 minutes from Sienna Plantation and Riverstone, perfect for a last-minute getaway!

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Nothing quenches a Texas thirst quite like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Here are some refreshing lemonade recipes to help cool you off.

Classic Lemonade Nothing complements a summer day quite like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Consider stirring in some fresh mint for an energizing twist.

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Raspberry Lemonade This low-calorie raspberry lemonade will quench your thirst without jeopardizing the summer figure you worked so hard for.

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Blueberry Lemonade This take on traditional lemonade is just the right blend of sweet and tangy. You’re just six ingredients and 5 minutes away from a delicious refreshment.

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Tips on How to Hang Those Family Photos

A new home means plenty of blank walls to adorn. Gallery walls are an easy solution to display beloved family portraits and add a chic element to your home.

Make a Statement: Mix personal photos, prints and paintings to express your personality through your gallery.

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Experiment with Layouts: Arrange different layouts on the floor to visualize what your gallery will look like before hanging the pieces.

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Stick to a Theme: Try to maintain the same palette and theme when collecting pieces for your gallery wall. This ensures one piece doesn’t draw more attention than others or the group collectively.

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