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My Favorites: 5 Unique Holiday Recipes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie,… Read more »

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5 Elements of a Healthy Home

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO EPA studies have shown that levels of air pollution inside the home are often 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor levels!  This motivates us to ensure the spaces we create are NOT like typical homes.  Optima Homes has a clear focus on HEALTHY SPACES throughout our building projects. … Read more »

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Out and About with Baby! (Twin Cities area activities)

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s not always easy to find activities that are well suited for BOTH adults and kiddos. We’ve scoured the Greater Twin Cities for ideas for outings that are both baby-friendly and appealing to adults. Fortunately, we live in a place where you can find a wide range of activities, from… Read more »

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Local Picks for a Classy, Comfortable Nursery

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   It’s not always easy finding nursery décor and furniture that is cute, comfortable AND classy. Oftentimes, retail shops focus solely on the “cute factor,” and pile on the colors, patterns, and images of baby farm animals. That’s all fine, in small doses, but what if you want to outfit… Read more »