LOCAL SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2018

With summer only a few breezes away, we’ve prepared a local bucket list to complete over the next few months.  This list holds fun recreational activities for all ages!  Tag along and join us on our summer adventure! 


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Elm Grove Village Market Nights

Beginning July 8 through August 29.  On Wednesday evenings located in Ray’s Auto Body Shop parking lot, you’ll find local businesses and restaurants offering fresh produce, arts & crafts and other unique items to shop!  Market nights are a great way to shop all of your favorite fresh and local businesses in one place and time.  Join the fun every Wednesday evening from 5PM-8PM! 

Brookfield Independence Day Activities   

Celebrate with Brookfield as they honor veterans and all those who currently serve!  Begin your day at the parade, and join the city on the Civic Plaza for the annual Ice Cream Social immediately following the parade. For pre-firework festivities check out Family Fest from 6PM-9PM at Mitchell Park and claim your spot for the annual fireworks display beginning approximately at 9:17PM.   

 Friday Film Series for Adults

Start your weekend off right on the first Friday of every month with a free film series for adults. At 1PM in the O’Neil room at the Elm Grove Public Library.  Popcorn and water will be provided, no need to RSVP, just drop in and bring a friend! 

Tuesday Movie Matinee

Starting June 12, visit the Elm Grove Public Library for a movie matinee.  All ages are welcome to view the G and PG rated movies at 1PM in the O’Neil room.  Popcorn will be provided for all attendees.  

Milwaukee County Zoo

Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo and see over 3,000 animals.  This is a great day trip for the entire family.  Filled with entertainment and education, kids will love exploring and learning about the variety of animals and specialized habitats. 

Elm Grove Village Park

Plan a day in the park! Gather with friends and family to explore the recreational trails, play on the playground, utilize the volleyball courts or have a picnic in the gazebo!  Park Hours: 5AM-11PM

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, “The Domes”

Filled with educational opportunities, each “dome” offers a vast array of flowers, plant life, and colorful birds!  While at the conservatory you can experience special gardens, a tropical jungle, and a desert dome filled with cacti and succulents.  Be sure to check their hours as they vary seasonally.  

Miller Park

Who doesn’t love a day spent at the ballpark!?  Load up the car and leave early to tailgate with friends and family before heading into the park for plenty of excitement!  Walk the concourse between innings to shop game day apparel and try some of the delicious stadium treats!  

Elm Grove Village Pool

Splash around in the local pool during open swim, or lounge in the sun with friends and let the kids do the splashing!  Bring along your pool toys, and floats for family swim, or get a workout in during lap swim for adults and swim teams! 

Open Swim: 1-5PM Monday-Friday

                       6:30-8:30PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

                       11AM-6PM Saturday

                       1-8PM Sunday

Family Swim:  6:30-8PM Friday and Sunday

Lap Swim: 7:30AM-8:45AM Tuesday and Thursday

                     3-3:30PM Every Afternoon

Elm Grove Movies in the Park

Tuesday night, movie night, is the perfect evening activity for the entire family! Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and cozy up for a community viewing party in Elm Grove Village Park. Some featured films include: Despicable Me 3, E.T., Coco, and The Karate Kid.  Movies begin around 8:45PM, (Dusk) so be sure to arrive early and claim your spot on the lawn. Candy and $1 popcorn will be for sale throughout the evening. 

Brookfield Farmers Market

Saturdays, from 7:30AM-12PM , located at 2000 N Calhoun Rd Brookfield, WI 53005.  Shop fresh produce and products from over 100 vendors! Every third Saturday of each month, visit Market & More where there will be local arts and crafts vendors sprinkled throughout, in addition to the standard vendors.  

Tuesday Tunes

This event is great for music lovers and a fun night out for the family.  Bring lawn chairs, and coolers and you’ll be set for a night of music in the park.  Tunes take place in the pavilion, southeast of the pool located in Elm Grove Village Park. See the lineup below:

June 12-Bootleg Bessie

June 26-Saturday June Band

July-10 Ryan McIntyre

July 24-Carribean Eclips


We love supporting all places local!  Join on our summer adventure and see how many places you can check off the list!!   

A Holiday Spree Through Elm Grove

Imagine if you could get all of your holiday shopping done without having to leave town.  Well, here in small town Elm Grove you actually can do just that!  We’ve put together some of our favorite local places to shop.  You’ll be amazed at all the fun finds that are right in your backyard.  So grab your list, check it twice, and follow us on a shopping spree through Elm Grove, Wisconsin! 


 PHOTO COURTESY OF FAZIO'S CHOCOLATE

PHOTO COURTESY OF FAZIO'S CHOCOLATE

First Stop, Fazio’s Chocolate, of course! 
Everyone loves a box of chocolate and their Artisan Chocolates are such a delight!  Not to mention, what a great hostess gift for all the parties you’ll attend.  Just make sure to allow enough time to admire their incredible Christmas display, featuring over 100 buildings and a magical view of the North Pole! 

 


Next stop, O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub! 
Who doesn’t want to enjoy a cold drink, pub food, and watch football on one of their many televisions throughout the restaurant? Purchase a gift certificate, great for men!

The Sunset Playhouse is where you’ll find us next. 
Beauty and the Beast the Broadway Musical is running now through December 23, 2017.  Be sure to purchase your tickets and give an early Christmas present to your family and friends!

 PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

 PHOTO COURTESY OF O'DONOGHUE'S IRISH PUB

PHOTO COURTESY OF O'DONOGHUE'S IRISH PUB


At River’s End Gallery, you will be wowed!  Explore the gallery depicting the work of carefully selected artists.  A personalized gift from River’s End will impress the art gurus in your life.

 PHOTO COURTESY OF RIVER'S END GALLERY

PHOTO COURTESY OF RIVER'S END GALLERY

 PHOTO COURTESY OF SPARKLE SPA

PHOTO COURTESY OF SPARKLE SPA

Pop in Sparkle Spa to give the gift of relaxation. Be creative by constructing a gift basket full of spa products and a gift certificate!  They offer a variety of skin treatments, waxing, and makeup services to pamper those special on your list. 


In need of beautiful floral arrangements or centerpieces for your holiday parties?  Visit any of the local florist’s; Snapdragon Flowers of Elm Grove, Welkes House of Roses & Flower, Barb & Dicks’s Wildflower or the local Sendik’s Food Market. These shops will assemble sophisticated styles to fit your décor needs.

Caroline’s Café and Gifts, need we say more?  This quaint café has a simple menu with homemade soups, breads, chocolates and a must try salted caramel brownie! If that wasn’t enough, she even has frozen take-home meals!  Perfect gift for Moms on the go!      

 PHOTO COURTESY OF SNAPDRAGON FLOWERS

PHOTO COURTESY OF SNAPDRAGON FLOWERS


Lastly, visit us at G. Home we’ll inspire you with unique furniture, gifts, and décor! Thanks for following us on our spree through the Grove!  We wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season!

SUMMERTIME STOVETOP ROOM SCENTS

If the hot weather has kept you inside with the air-conditioning on full blast, you can still enjoy the season (indoors!) with these summertime stovetop scents! These natural deodorizers will energize your home with aromas of citrus and herbs. The instructions are simple: fill a large pot with water plus ingredients and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for as long as you’d like.

SMART HOME GADGETS

The idea of owning a “smart home” in today’s society is practically accessible to everyone, even though you might have never thought this day would actually come. Home technology is ever evolving, and while the idea of a smart home has been around for a while, for those who haven’t invested the time or money into these tech gadgets may find the time to do so is now.

We’ve broken down a few of the main smart devices that you can implement into your home, if you’re feeling ever so adventurous:

Home Assistants

The Amazon Echo and Google Home are the top two contenders to consider if you are looking to add a home assistant to your space. These two devices function as a personal assistant, speaker, and smart home controller. You can play music, games, ask the assistant questions such as what the weather will be today or when your next Amazon order will be arriving. Both devices work seamlessly with other smart home products mentioned below. While the Google Home is normally $129, the Amazon Echo Dot will only cost you a mere $50. 


Smart Bulbs

Edison might be rolling in his grave knowing what a simple light bulb can do today.  There are a myriad of smart bulb choices out there, from white-light to colored, and smart security lighting. Smart bulbs will fit into traditional lamp fixtures and can be controlled using your phone or by voice via the aforementioned home assistant. This allows you to control the lights even if you aren’t home (don’t you just hate forgetting if you turned the lights off?) or if you’re just too lazy to get up off the couch. You can even program them to go on and off, working around your schedule. Color changing bulbs are fun for parties or just to set a relaxing mood. Philips, LIFX, and Belkin are some of the more popular brands to choose from.


Surveillance Cameras

While surveillance cameras are not made to make your home more secure, they do help monitor what is happening in your home. If you have kids or pets at home that you want to check in with regularly or just want some piece of mind, these cameras will do the trick. Lots of surveillance cameras allow you to interact with your home via two-way audio streams or by video recording. These cameras can also alert you by sensing motion that otherwise shouldn’t be there, which may signal a home intruder. Make sure everyone in the home is on board with a surveillance camera before buying. Nest, Canary, and Belkin all offer great choices. The Petcube is great to check in on your pets and play with them when you’re away!


Heating and Cooling

Traditional thermostats may be a thing of the past. Heating and cooling can account for up to half of your home’s energy costs, and a smart thermostat can help you greatly reduce your energy bill. They have the ability to work with your schedule to heat your home when you’re there, and know to turn down when you’re gone. You can easily check and change the temperature from anywhere by accessing the thermostats app on your phone. You can also receive a monthly report on your energy usage and analyze the data to become more energy efficient. Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee are all good options to consider if adding a smart thermostat to your home.


Cleaning

If you just despise cleaning, robotic vacuums and mops might be the next item you should put on your Christmas wish list. The iRobot Roomba has been on the market for a very long time, but technology is making these devices better every year. Other brands such as Neato and Dyson have emerged onto the market. Simply press a button, or schedule the vacuum to clean when you’re gone, and your home will be spotless! These vacuums have sensors to know not to travel down stairs or to avoid your nice furniture. Robotic mops are much newer to the scene, and have the ability to wet mop, damp sweep or dry sweep your floors.


Furniture

Some of our furniture vendors are even jumping on the smart home bandwagon. Some of the pieces from Smart Stuff Furniture feature surprise elements to keep your family safe and connected. From bed frames with built-in reading lights to nightstands with night lights and charging stations, the options and styles are endless. You don’t have to sacrifice design for function in these great pieces.

Smart home gadgets give you the possibility to live more connected and make our lives more convenient, you just have to be willing to invest a little money to get there. Does anyone already own a smart home device? What has your experience been like? Share with us below! 

CONSTRUCTING THE PERFECT TERRARIUM

Spring is finally here and we are sure that the idea of getting out into the sun and beginning gardening has been on your mind for a long time. While the current climate has still kept us inside and dreaming of a spring day chalked full of those outdoor activities, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to plant the perfect terrarium – a miniature garden to enjoy indoors until the warmer weather.

Follow the simple steps below to create a beautiful terrarium that will last throughout all the seasons.

Terrariums are relatively low cost to construct and are easy to maintain. Just keep your finished product in moderate to indirect sunlight and water by lightly misting the plants - below are some options that are both functional and stylish.

 

 

LAUNDRY ROOM PRINTABLE

We’ve all been there. We throw our favorite shirt or other garment in the wash only to find it has shrunk, been bleached, turned from white to pink, or any other laundry mishap that could have easily been avoided. In an effort to keep our beloved clothing safe from the ever-so-evil washer and dryer, we have created this stylish poster for your laundry room. Print it out on an 8.5”x11” piece of paper and pop it into a frame. This will look great on your wall, and will be a constant reminder to check those tags before you wash!

 Click on image to download PDF

Click on image to download PDF

SPRINGTIME STOVETOP ROOM SCENTS

Spring is nearing, and if you are looking to fast-forward through winter and bring the cheer of a new season to your home, you can start with these springtime stovetop scents! These natural deodorizers will energize your home with aromas of citrus and flowers. The instructions are simple: fill a large pot with water plus ingredients and bring to a boil, then lowering to a simmer and cooking for as long as you’d like.

AIR PURIFYING HOUSE PLANTS

We spend a lot of time indoors, especially in our own homes. The products we keep in our home may contain toxic compounds that can linger the air we breathe. Things like pollen, bacteria and mold also can cause issues in in the air in your home. Luckily, there is an easy solution to purifying the air – houseplants!

NASA scientists have been studying the effects of certain houseplants and their ability to clean the air. Plants absorb particulates while they take in carbon dioxide, which then becomes oxygen during photosynthesis. There are certain microorganisms located in the plant’s soil that also help with cleaning the air.

If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry! Plants are generally easy to care for and the list of plants that we have included below are some of the easiest to take care of. Be careful to check a plants toxicity if you have a dog or a cat in the home before purchasing. 

What about herbs? If you like to include these in your cooking then you’re in luck! Some herbs are efficient enough to remove 90% of toxic compounds in the air. We are looking forward to adding Modern Sprout to the growing list of products carried in the store. We will be able to offer some fun herb-growing kits (as seen below) that you can keep in your home to help purify the air and to cook with! A win/win situation!