Dear friends and colleagues,

 

By now, it shouldn't come as a surprise to know that we are experiencing a historic drought in our beautiful state of California. Measures have been implemented across the state to reduce our consumption and conserve as much as possible, meaning a lot of us have slowly come to the realization that luscious green lawns are no longer sustainable. However, this doesn't mean we have to forgo our gorgeous front and back yards for plain brown landscapes. 

  

A quick Google search for 'drought resistant landscapes' and you'll quickly see that the old adage of "when one door closes, another door opens" is truer than ever. California is host to a beautifully diverse array of native plants that it's almost a shame we haven't incorporated our unique flora in our traditional and mainstream landscaping plans. Not only do we reduce our water consumption but we rest easier knowing that we're doing our part to help the environment. Changes in our landscape also call for changes or additions to architectural detail that enhance the aesthetic quality of our homes. 

  

If you're thinking of joining the water wise movement, keep in mind that this just might be the opportunity we need to step outside of conventions and elevate the appeal of our homes to new imaginative levels!

  

Kawika KamaiOwner

Innovation At Home
                


Increase Your Curb Appeal


Unless you're in the process of selling your home, Halloween is likely to be the busiest time of the year for your front door step.

Lots of cute trick-or-treaters make their way through the neighborhood in hopes of scoring tasty loot, this also means you'll want to make sure your home looks its best! Here are a few ways to ensure just that! 

1. Add hardware to your garage door. 
2. Paint the front door and make it pop!
3. Add architectural detail like pergolas to your front door or garage door and train vines to grow over them for more impact. 
4. Replace dated outdoor sconces for a quick improvement. 
5. Go with green by adding more plants and bushes around to make your home more lush. 


This tip was provided by homemademodern.com

Creepy Crawly Jello Worms
    
Get the party in just the right mood with these super creepy, yet very tasty worms! This recipe is simple and great for your Halloween party! 

Ingredients: 
  • 2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
  • 1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 15 drops green food coloring
  • 100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
  • Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)
Directions
1) Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.

2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring.

3) Gather your straws (don't forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It's important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.

4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.

5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

And voila! Jello worms are served.



DIY project provided by: Instructables.com








Innovation At Home Remodeling And Construction

owner Kawika Kamai was born in Oahu, Hawaii and raised in Orange County California. Kawika possesses 19 years of industry experience starting as an apprentice which has allowed him to fully understand the complexity of the construction industry in regards to codes, standards, business management, and trouble shooting.

 

 
Innovation At Home Remodeling and Construction was  founded in 2005 by Kawika Kamai and is a full service construction management and general contracting firm. We are a referral based business and are happy to provide you with references from our many satisfied customers.


 

We believe our key ingredients to success are Honesty and a Quality  product.  We are a fully licensed, bonded, and insured company who works closely with Homeowners, Real Estate Agents, Architects, Interior Designers, Management companies, Property Inspectors and the like. 

Phone: 949-584-0803
 
Email: kawika@innovationathome.com




Extend the Life of your Jack-o-Lantern
  
Anytime that we carve pumpkins we usually avoid doing it too early in the month to make them look their best come Halloween. The moment that you cut the pumpkin with a knife you destroy their natural protection, making room for bacteria and fungi to grow, thus beginning the decaying process. 

Follow these steps to extend the life of your festive jack-o-lantern if you just can't wait to get your carve on. 
  • Wash your pumpkins: Make sure you wash the outside of the pumpkin before carving to get rid of any dirt that could carry microscopic organisms that will begin attacking the pumpkin once it has been cut.
  • Spray your pumpkins: Make a bleach spray using this 1 tablespoon of an alternative bleach solution (1 cup water, 1 cup peroxide and 10-20 drops of lemon essential oil) and 1 quart of water. Spray the entire inside and all exposed cut areas liberally with your bleach solution and allow to dry for about 30 minutes. 
  • Protect your pumpkin: Rub petroleum jelly overall areas that you previously sprayed. This will create a protective barrier that will help keep new bacteria or fungi from growing and extend the life of your carved treasure.
Keep in mind that sunlight and heat are enemies of the carved pumpkin and help bacteria to grow. When choosing a place to display your pumpkin, look for a spot that is out of direct sunlight.
Now the only thing you have to protect your pumpkins from are neighborhood critters!

Tip provided by SavingDollarsandSense.com
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Options Unlimited!

One of our favorite aspects of our line of work is making ideas come to life beautifully through customized requests. 

This custom bathroom in Bear Brand, located in Laguna Niguel, features a rare blue quartzite stone floating bench in shower with a matching counter top. 

How do YOU envision your bathroom? 

I nnovation At Home's Gadget Pick of the Month:
Solar Powered Charger and Light
  
Harness The Sun

Use the power of the sun to tweet, text, and maybe even make a call or two. Roughly the size and weight of your phone, this solar powered charger connects to your device via USB port to give you a full charge in two hours. Perfect for power outages, camping, or simply the environmentally conscious, this innovative device also gives off a light for up to 150 hours and features an SOS emergency beacon setting. The best part? Getting one gives back. For each solar charger purchase, a light is given to one of the many people throughout the world without access to electricity. A code is included in the charger's package that allows you to choose where in the world the contribution is given. Bring on the sunshine!
  
Purchase here!

Review provided by TheGadgetFlow.com


41st Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch
Environmental Nature Center 
Come and join the fun at the Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch! 
Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. You will also be able to enjoy food and drinks for sale with a restaurant showcase consisting of local Orange County restaurants, a native plant sale, children's crafts, games, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and entertainment. All proceeds go to environment education programs!
 
Details

   Date: 10/18/2015
Time: 10:00AM - 3:00PM 
Location: 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663 
Cost: Free to enter
Suitable for all ages
Click  here for more details!