Deer-Proof Plants for Your Summer Garden

Do you love spending hours in the sunshine beautifying and perfecting your landscape? Does all that work get destroyed by those pesky deer constantly roaming the yards of PA homeowners? Here are some plants that are sure to withstand those unwanted visitors!

 

1. Forsythia

Forsythia plants like:

  • At least 6 hours of full sunlight
  • Well-balanced soil pH
  • Moist, but well-drained soil

Fun Fact: Forsythias are actually members of the olive tree family!

 

2. Geraniums

Geranium plants like:

  • Lots of sun, but not always direct. They flourish and bloom in medium temperatures
  • Relatively dry soil–they’re pretty drought resistant!
  • Pots and other containers

Fun Fact: Geranium root is considered to be an effective holistic treatment for conjunctivitis (Please consult your doctor before trying that out at home!)

 

3. Echinacea (Cone Flowers)

Echinacea plants like:

  • Full sun for 5+ hours. They will grow toward it!
  • SPACE… these guys can grow up to 4 feet tall!
  • Neutral soil with a pH of 7

Fun Fact: Echinacea blooms are actually made up of several small flowers, for maximum effectiveness in attracting insects

 

4. Clematis

 

Clematis plants like:

  • Cool soil
  • Sunlight
  • A trellis, or other support system for the vine

Fun Fact: Clematis are closely related to Buttercups

 

5. Coreopsis

 

Coreopsis flowers like:

  • Full sun
  • Seasonal pruning
  • Limited fertilizer

Fun Fact: Coreopsis gets its name from the Greek word for “bed bug” because of the shape of it’s seed, which resembles an insect




DIY Friday: 4 Scrumptious & Simple Summer Cocktails

Looking for some delicious ways to cool off and relax this summer? Try these fun, fresh and tasty cocktails with a variety of ingredients at your next backyard party, or even just with dinner tonight!

 

1. Vanilla & Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail

 

 

Ingredients:

For one drink
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 oz one shot bourbon
  • 3 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup club soda

Instructions:

  1. In the bottom of a glass, combine the cherries, vanilla extract, bourbon, sugar and lemon juice. Muddle together until cherries are broken and juices are released (you can use the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t have a muddler).
  2. Top with ice cubes and a small splash of club soda.

 

2. Summer Sangria with Watermelon & Pineapple

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
  • 2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
  • lemon lime soda, for serving
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
  2. To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon lime soda.

 

3. Peach Basil Moscow Mule

 

 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 large lemon (quartered)
  • 8 oz peach vodka
  • 24 oz ginger beer

Instructions:

  1. Fill four glasses with ice. Preferably copper cups, but any cocktail glass will work!
  2. Add 2 oz vodka and 6 oz ginger beer to each glass.
  3. Squeeze one quarter of a lemon into each glass, then add a couple pieces of fresh basil.
  4. Stir all of the ingredients together.

 

4. Blueberry Mojito

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries, (Set aside a few for garnish if desired)
  • 4 Ounces Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend or muddle blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to blend in mint leaves and sugar.
  3. Stir in rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture.
  4. Pour into highball glasses over club soda & ice. Gently stir.
  5. Garnish with extra blueberries,lime, and mint if desired.



Top Pittsburgh Summer Day Camps

It’s already May… can you believe it? Summer is right around the corner!! If you’re new to the area, or just looking for a fun and fresh set of activities for your children this summer, you’ve come to the right place! Some of the best-rated and most unique camps in Pittsburgh, and the surrounding area, are listed below.

 

SCIENCE CAMPS

 

CAMP INVENTION

For children ages K-6 at Camp Invention:

Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!”

With locations hosted by local institutions across the country, there is certainly a Camp Invention near to you! If your child doesn’t fit the K-6 age range, check out Camp Invention’s site for other awesome STEM-related camp ideas!

 

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

When it comes to variety, the Carnegie Science Center is king!!! Their camp webpage even has each an every camp organized by age group and category for ease-of-use. If your little scientist loves to get dirty, the brand new “Messy Science” program for ages 4-5 is available now!

Get ready to get messy with science! Make fun fizzy concoctions, compare slime and Oobleck, and paint with gravity. Decorate your very own smock to take home at the end of the week!”

Another standout for older experimenters will put their detective skills to work! The new “CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators” will teach campers to analyze evidence, use observational and deductive skills and even use real lab tools and tech to crack the case!

These camps and everything in between are offered in Pittsburgh’s own Science Center!

 

ID TECH AT CMU

If your kids are into tech, and you wouldn’t mind having them learn from the best of the best at a top-25 national university, enroll them at iDTECH at CMU.

At iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed to compete in Pittsburgh’s booming startup scene.

Check out pricing and summer sessions here!

 

SPORTS CAMPS

 

SOCCER SHOTS PITTSBURGH

Got some active little-ones who would love to be outside running all summer long?

“Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in- class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our coaches are the best-trained in the business. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. In addition we provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents.

Enough said!!! Enroll here!

 

YMCA DAY CAMP

The YMCA is not just a general day camp any more! Themed weeks give you the opportunity to tailor your child’s experience to their interests and abilities! From “Sports of All Sorts” week to “Bat Sports” and many more, your kiddos will learn the ins-and-outs of all their favorite games.

For a classic day camp experience for children of all ages, check out your local YMCA’s day camp. Nearly every location has a variety of camps offered for children with a variety of interests. Check them out here!

 

ART, MUSIC AND DRAMA CAMPS

 

SALTWORKS THEATRE

With locations in Oakland/Shadyside and Sewickley neighborhoods, the Saltworks Theatre Company welcomes actors of all ages to the Young Actors Studio, where a variety of workshops, summer camps and performance opportunities are offered to challenge and inspire those with a passion for the stage! Check out exciting Summer 2018 opportunities here!

 

PITTSBURGH CLO SUMMER CAMP

Pittsburgh CLO Academy’s summer performance camps give campers the opportunity to experience the preparation and performance of music and musical theatre. Students work with a director, choreographer, and music director to create their own exciting musical theater experience.

Summer camps are offered for all age groups, from “Promising Preschoolers” to high school seniors. Parents are invited to sample a class for free on April 2 at the Summer Camp Open House. It’s a good way to see if the classes are a good fit for your kids. All camps take place at the CLO Academy, Downtown. As an added benefit, all participants receive a free ticket for a Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season show.

 

THE FRICK PITTSBURGH ART CAMPS

The Frick Pittsburgh summer camps give kids the chance to make amazing original art and learn about historic collections.

“For students entering grades 5-8, “Beyond What You See” from will explore various kinds of materials and unique use of them as campers gain new perspectives on three museum collections. Students entering grades 2-5 can get a “Passport to Imagination”, enabling them to stretch their imaginations as they explore the museums, creating art along the way.”

Activities include printmaking, painting, and sculpting.

 

 




Infinity FAQs

We know that the decision-making process around building your dream home can be overwhelming at first. You may have a LOT of questions, and that’s okay!! You’re not the only one. Below is a list of a few frequently-asked questions and some answers to put your mind at ease, but don’t worry if you’re still curious about something not mentioned here… You are welcomed to give us a call or stop into our models any day of the week!

 

Will Infinity build on my own lot?

We do build on your own lot if you have the piece of land secured. You must own the land prior to setting up your appointment. We have a pre-made list of approved places to build, which are in the general vicinity of where we already operate. We know that can be sort of a “grey area”, so by all means, if you have your own property and can provide us with an address, we will work together to determine whether or not building on your land is a possibility!

 

Is there a floor plan with a First Floor Master?

We currently do not offer a floor plan that includes a first floor master. However, if that is an important part of your dream home, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to work with our team to make your vision come to life!

 

Is Landscaping included?

Yes!  All communities’ lawns will be seeded and fertilized. A shrub and tree package will be included with your mulch beds surrounding the home. The landscaping around our model homes is at an upgraded level, and you will be at liberty to choose to what extent you’d like to upgrade your packages.

 

How much does a typical person upgrade in their home?

Every home is as unique and different as each homeowner. The amount of upgraded items in each home depends upon a person’s tastes and the items they choose–that is the beauty of a truly custom home! Scheduling an appointment to walk through pricing will give you a good idea of how much you could expect to upgrade in your own home.

 

Are customers allowed to customize outside of the Design Gallery?

Absolutely! If you’d like to customize outside of our offering of selections and upgrades, you can work directly with any of our suppliers.

 

What are the HOA fees in our communities?

Homeowner’s Association fees vary by community. Some are monthly, others quarterly, it just depends on the neighborhood! For specific details, feel free to give us a call or visit a model.

 




DIY Friday: Homemade Shamrock Shakes

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! So treat yourself to this easy, at-home Shamrock Shake!

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon mint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Sprinkles and Maraschino cherry garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Using a blender, carefully combine the ice cream, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring. Puree until smooth.
  2. Divide between two glasses, top with whipped cream and enjoy!