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printable neighborhood—forest full of trees

This week we’re thinking all things green! That’s right: we need a forest full of green leafy trees to populate our neighborhood of houses, businesses, church, and school. It’s spring time after all, even if it hasn’t started quite yet in my 

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printable neighborhood—your new spring home

Spring is coming, right? I swear it has to be out there somewhere! I catch myself dreaming of far-flung places only because the pictures of them include warmer weather. 

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printable neighborhood – modern marvel

This week’s printable house is a modern marvel, inspired by all the over-the-top modern homes available if you have the money and the architect available to help you. It’s the kind of house celebrities in the California hills might choose, or the house I might live in if I 

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printable neighborhood—candy break!

Today our printable neighborhood is ready for a sweet rush—a sweet sugar rush of a candy shop! I think every good downtown street needs a dose of candy. For instance,
there is a beautiful old river town

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printable neighborhood – back to school

This week’s printable house is much more than a house—it’s an entire pint-sized school! I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems extra hard to get my daughter out of bed and on her way each morning. We’ve also run into

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printable neighborhood – the front porch

This week’s printable is all about the classic front porch – if I had room, I’d even add a porch swing.

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printable neighborhood—out to lunch

This week’s printable download is the perfect addition to your neighborhood—it’s your favorite neighborhood café!

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printable neighborhood—goin’ to the chapel

This week’s printable—an old fashioned church— is thanks to a great suggestion from a reader! Every good neighborhood has it’s share of churches, doesn’t it? There is something grounding and historic

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printable neighborhood – a mid-winter glow

This week’s printable house is full of that warm candle glow!

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printable neighborhood: color your own neighborhood

This week’s printable house has a little extra DIY involved!

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printable neighborhood – brighten up with flowers

With winter fast approaching, this week’s printable is guaranteed to make you think about beautiful growing things! It’s a very Martha kind of thing, to have fresh flowers in your house on a regular, or semi-regular, basis.

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printable neighborhood—thanksgiving with gramps and gram

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go . . .” One of these days I should really learn the rest of the words to that song, we sing it so often this time of year, but we never sing all of it! Yes, it’s definitely that time of year. With Halloween wrapped up (though I bet you’re still unwrapping the candy, am I right?), it’s time to think about all of our favorite family holidays.

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printable neighborhood – haunted house

It’s that time of year, when the ghosties, ghoulies, and things that go bump in the night come out to play! I thought we should honor the hallowed Halloween season with a good old-fashioned haunted house.

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time for donuts

This week’s printable is a new-yet-old establishment that is becoming the hot trend in neighborhoods everywhere: the donut shop. With fancy new flavors like Espresso Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter Sriracha, and of course Maple Glazed with Bacon, it’s no wonder people are coming back to donuts! I’m just waiting for a new Donut Wars show to replace Cupcake Wars on the Food Network! It could happen, don’t you think?

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printable neighborhood – keeping it safe

This week’s printable is one of those necessary things: a police station. We already have a printable police car and a printable police officer, it only seemed fitting and appropriate that we add a building to house them both.

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printable neighborhood – time for coffee

This week’s printable is a sweet example of the new cornerstone of modern urban neighborhoods. It seems everyone wants to live within walking distance of a coffee shop! I suppose in the 50’s it was the butcher, the corner store, or the post office. But these days, everyone needs their Venti, Non-Fat, No Foam, No water, 6 pump, extra hot, chai tea latte. Or whatever it is that happens to float your boat.

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build your own neighborhood – bring in the fuzz

How do you keep a neighborhood safe? If it’s The Neighborhood’s printable village, then I’d say a printable police car is the perfect way to start. Any neighborhood feels safer with a friendly police car patrolling the streets, right?

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build your own neighborhood – car 2

It’s time for another vehicle! We might have lots of buildings, and some very lovely neighbors all ready to print and assemble, but our rolling stock is still a little low. So this week’s printable is going to expand our options: meet the handy dandy pickup truck.

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build your own neighborhood – car 1

Now that we have lots of homes, we have the ability to create streets and blocks with them. You know, like a neighborhood! So, if we have a neighborhood, and it’s not one of those remote islands that only use bikes, we’re also going to need some cars. I’m excited to introduce you to our first vehicle! You know what this means. Roadtrip!

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build your own neighborhood – family 2

This week’s free printables feature the pillars of a well-oiled neighborhood. They’re ready to download, print, and cut into the perfect additions for your growing neighborhood. Make sure to download all the houses too!

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build your own neighborhood – family 1

Now that we have over a dozen different house printables for you to download, print, and assemble, it’s definitely time to add some life to your nieghborhood. And what better time of year to add the people, than in the summertime—when all of us finally spend more time out and about in our parks, yards, and neighborhoods?

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build your own neighborhood – overview

This week we wanted to highlight all of the amazing house printables that are available for you to download, print, and recreate.

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build your own neighborhood – house 13

This week’s printable house is actually the town square of your neighborhood! A good neighborhood is only as strong as the people who live in it.

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may day basket

Download this printable May Day Basket just in time for May 1. When I was a kid, every year we made May Day baskets and brought them to all of the neighborhood kids I knew.

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build your own neighborhood – house 12

This week’s printable house is in honor of the good old days. Lately, it seems everywhere I turn I see evidence of a bygone era. Sometimes I wonder if we’re all a little afraid to claim the 21st century for our own.

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build your own neighborhood – house 11

This week’s printable house features a greenhouse nurturing plants for spring. When I was little, my mom used to get out the grow lights and start a zillion different seeds inside our back sunroom. It always made the end of winter much more exciting.

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build your own neighborhood – house 10

A printable house full of flowers

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build your own neighborhood – house 9

A Printable Looking for Spring Colors

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build your own neighborhood – house 8

This week’s printable neighborhood house is in honor of New York. I’ve been dreaming about its neighborhoods and boroughs all week long. There is something so iconic about the idea of a Manhattan neighborhood. Now, I don’t live there, and probably never will. Which is why it probably keeps all of its charm.

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house 7 & Alt Summit: the ultimate blogger neighborhood

One of the main goals of The Neighborhood is, of course, to be neighborly. To expand our digital world back out into the real world, and reconnect with those around us on a more meaningful level. It’s such an important concept—and a growing concern—as we become more and more in love with our digital devices. Did you know there was actually a study done that showed a person’s brain chemistry respond to their iPhone with the same emotional responses as they do to their loved ones? We really do love our tech!

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