Valentine’s Day Date Night From Your Apartment

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! With current events, finding a place to go for your Valentine’s Day date night might seem challenging but it doesn’t have to be. Date nights from home can be just as romantic and special as they would be if you were to go out to a fancy restaurant. Check out these 6 ideas for you and your significant other! 

1. Cook your favorite meal

If you can’t go to a restaurant, bring one to your home! Look up a meal that you both decide on or one that you have never attempted to cook before and give it a try…together! Cooking is a great way to bond. Put your devices away and enjoy the moment you have together. Your meal can be something that you are both proud of. You can get dressed up and set your table as if you are in a restaurant or make it fun and have a picnic in the living room! 

2. Movie Night

Movie night is a classic type of date night that never gets old! Each of you can choose your favorite movie, one that you are not the biggest fan of, and one that you have never seen before. This is a fun way to learn more about your partner’s cinematic interests while celebrating Valentine’s Day from home. Don’t forget the candy and popcorn!

3. Painting With a Twist

Time to let your artistic talents shine! Grab a canvas for each of you and some paints and have a paint night. You can paint anything from a portrait of each other to your partner’s favorite meme! This is sure to keep you entertained and laughing. Plus, you never know…your significant other could be an undiscovered Picasso!

4. Game Night

You can never go wrong with game night! From board games to video games, there’s nothing like a healthy competition on Valentine’s Day. Play anything from the classics such as Uno and Monopoly to throwbacks such as Life, Sorry, and Candyland! 

5. Chocolate tasting

Is there anything that says Valentine’s Day more than chocolate? Try having your own chocolate tasting! Buy a variety of chocolates from the store and see if you can discover a new favorite. You can even make a game of it by blindfolding yourself and seeing if you can guess which brand of chocolate is which! 

6. Camping out

Time to go camping…in the living room! For some, this was one of the best parts of sleepovers growing up but who says it’s only for kids? Make a blanket fort, grab snacks, tell spooky stories, and camp out in your living room. This is a fun and comfy way to spend time together!

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can make Valentine’s Day fun right from the comfort of your own home this year. The most important thing is spending time and enjoying the moment with your loved one!

Getting a Roommate? Check Out These 4 Helpful Tips!

It can be a lot of fun to move in with a roommate. It’s like a never ending slumber party! Although adjusting to how someone else lives can be a bit challenging and may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to feel that way! We have 4 helpful tips to remember that can help make it a successful transition! 

Give Them Their Own Space And Create Boundaries

Sometimes you just need your own space which is completely understandable. When you are living with someone else, it can be difficult at times to feel like you have that. Respecting each other’s space is extremely important in making sure that everyone can live comfortably. Such as when a bedroom door is closed, knock before entering. Dedicate an area in every room where each person can place their belongings. For example, if you have a strict diet, find a shelf in one of the cabinets that you can dedicate as your own for your food. 

Communication Is Key

As mentioned before, it can be challenging learning how other people live and adjusting to it. How they do something may be completely opposite of how you do it. Learning to communicate with each other when something bothers you is key. Pent up frustration can lead to bigger problems. If they play their music too loud, kindly ask them to turn it down. Approach each situation with a possible solution because while the music may be too loud for you, it may be their way of relaxing after a long day. Find ways to meet in the middle and do what you can to create a positive atmosphere.

Make Time For Each Other

When you live with someone, it is important to dedicate time to each other. This does not mean you have to hang out with them 24/7. You each have things going on and with the hecticness of life, you may not be able to see them often. This may make you feel like you are losing touch. Whether it is having dinner once a week or having a movie night every other weekend, it can be beneficial to establish a weekly event with each other so you can catch up.

Create A Schedule

Creating a schedule can be a lifesaver. While it is not always the most fun thing to do, housework is inevitable!  Create a schedule distinguishing who does what chores and on what days so there is no confusion. This is not to say that you cannot give them a hand if they get caught up in the whirlwind of life. It helps keep everyone accountable and your apartment nice and clean. The same thing goes for payments. Find a tool to help remind you about when rent and other bills are due such as a calendar! Once again, this can help keep everyone on track. 

Living with a roommate can help you grow as a person. You will learn alot about yourself and your habits. Staying organized and communicating with each other is sure to benefit you and your roommate in the long run! 

Videos To Watch For Tips And Tricks For Decorating Your Apartment!

One of the many fun things about having your own space is decorating and finding your individual style. Apartment living can require you to get creative when figuring out where each item of furniture should go, in order you optimize all areas. Often, we turn to others for their advice and guidance while depending on their opinions to help us figure out what looks the best. Afterall, sometimes social media just knows best! If you are looking for some inspiration and your Pinterest board is just not cutting it, check out these 4 YouTube videos for decorating ideas!

10 SMALL APARTMENT DECORATING TIPS + HACKS by Lone Fox

Join Drew as he takes you through his 10 tips for decorating a cozy-sized apartment. Just because you have a limited space does not mean you have to feel cramped and cluttered. From elevated beds that have storage space underneath to what color furniture you should be looking for, he covers some great hacks that you may not have thought of yourself! 

Alexandra Gater

If you are looking for a channel with a ton of tips and tricks, Alexandra’s is the one for you! Her channel is dedicated to design and decorating tips. She has some of her videos separated into playlists including, “How Tos”, “Clean/Organize With Me”, and “Paint It Possible” so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. Alexandra also does a lot of fun DIYs to follow! And really… is there anything better than hearing those compliments on your DIY creations?

2020 Affordable Apartment Tour

While you want your apartment to look nice, most people do not like to spend a ton of money on decor and you do not have to! “Words For My Daughter” takes us on a tour of her beautifully decorated apartment and shares with us where she got her household items for low prices! Budget friendly while looking high end? Who could ask for anything more!

INTERIOR DESIGN: How to Make Your Home Look Expensive On A Budget

Everyone’s budgets are different. Sharrah goes through the best interior design tips for budgets of all kinds. You will learn many useful tips and while you are at it, check out her channel! She has a lot of fun decor videos for many occasions such as how to decorate for different seasons of the year!

Social media is a great resource when it comes to finding hacks and DIYs for every aspect of your life, and YouTube is the best! There are so many other fun and helpful videos that you can look at to ensure you find your own style without it being too costly. Happy Decorating!

The Benefits of Renting

A big part of growing up is moving out and living on your own. Finding a place to live can be stressful and the idea can be daunting, but it does not have to be! You will face the challenging question of whether it is better to rent your first place or to buy. While there are certainly pros to both of these options, find out more about the benefits of renting!

One of the perks of renting is the low maintenance that comes along with it. When you own a home, if something breaks or goes wrong, you are responsible for hiring a professional to fix it or you have to purchase the supplies to resolve the problem yourself. This can become costly. When you rent, there is a maintenance team for you to depend on if something goes wrong. Having this feature available helps decrease the stress that homeownership can cause, especially if you are trying to save. 

While it can vary, another pro of renting is the monthly cost of rent is typically less than a mortgage payment plus applicable fees. This gives you the opportunity to save up your money to eventually own a home, go on that dream vacation, or add to your retirement fund. 

With renting often comes flexibility. Life happens and sometimes things come up such as new job opportunities, family emergencies, downsizing, etc. Renting gives you that relief of flexibility. Most leases are 12 months commitments, so find out if there are lease break fees and/or opt in options to take advantage of so you are not locked in for a full year unnecessarily. Of course, the benefit to being “locked in” is that the rate won’t be changing in the middle of the lease term! Flexible renting is much less of a hassle and will not make you feel as tied down or stuck in one place. 

If you rent an apartment, a big perk are the amenities that come with your apartment community. Your community may have a fitness center, a pool, a playground, etc. Gym and pool memberships can be expensive. It is definitely a money saver to have those features included in the rent. Not to mention, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and enhance that feeling of community. Take advantage of the community atmosphere created for renters, and attend their monthly resident functions… what a great way to meet your neighbors!

Low maintenance, flexibility, amenities, and saving money are all awesome perks that come with renting. Aside from these reasons, renting has many other positives. Find time to conduct your research, write a pro/con list, and give yourself time to figure out what is the best for you and your situation. Whether you are renting an apartment, a condo, or a house, make sure it is somewhere you feel comfortable calling home! 

Tips To Saving Money on Summer Vacation!

Summer is officially here! June 21 marked the grand entrance of the season that so many people look forward to each year. The kids are out of school and vacation is on the mind. While it is definitely exciting, it may also be stressful. Vacation can be expensive but it does not always have to be! Check out these 4 ways to save money on this summer’s vacation!

1. Bring your own food

The price of food at popular vacation destinations tends to be higher than normal during the summer. One of the best ways to solve this is to bring your own food! Whether you are going to the beach or an amusement park, pack your own sandwiches and snacks! This is not only a great way to save money, but if you have a picky eater in your family, you are guaranteed to have something that they like! 

2. Go somewhere you can drive to

A vacation is about what you make of it and not how fancy the destination is! If you are on a budget, take a trip to a place that you can drive to! Whether you take a day trip or a long weekend, making fun summer memories is what is most important! Research all of the beaches, lakes, antique shops, amusement parks, etc. in your surrounding area and plan the perfect summer outing!

3. Limit souvenirs

When you are on vacation, you want to have something to show for it when you come home. Try limiting your souvenirs, especially if you are flying! Before your trip, think about the one thing you want to pick up for yourself. T-shirts, magnets, snow globes, etc. are all perfect souvenirs to help remember your trip by but just like food, they can be overpriced. Set a budget on how much you want to spend on mementos and try to stick to it!

4. Make lists!

Before going on vacation, make a list of everyday essentials that you use and could not live without while you are away. This is a useful tool in trying to prevent forgetting something at home and having to buy it when you get there. This will help you save extra cash and decrease that feeling of “ I feel like I am missing something.” Make your lists a few weeks in advance rather than the night before you leave. As vacation dawns closer, stress levels and hecticness tend to rise. Help yourself out and begin to prep early! 

No matter where you go this summer, enjoy your vacation! Planning a trip, despite how far you go, can be stress inducing especially financially. Follow these tips and research some more in an attempt to ease your anxiety. Everybody deserves time to relax! 

7 Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving in Your Apartment

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a time for family, giving thanks, and a lot of delicious food. Hosting can be stressful! If you’re living in an apartment home, space constraints can add to that. A million thoughts will be racing through your head of what needs to be done but try not to get overwhelmed! Here are 7 tips to remember when hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment home:

1. Try to keep your guest list to the right size, inviting your closest family & friends!

Though you would love to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, space can be limited. If your apartment community has a clubhouse, look into renting it! This will give you plenty of space to entertain your friends and family! If it is warm out and your community has a pool, bring Thanksgiving poolside– a fun and unique way to spend the holiday!

2. Have guest bring extra tables and chairs

You can never have too many tables and chairs. Ask your guests to bring any folding tables and chairs they have with them. This way you are guaranteed to have plenty of seating for everyone and you can set up a fun game night or an after-turkey movie! Also, homemade name cards are useful and will help keep everyone knowing their place while maximizing space!

3. Rearrange furniture to make more room

Before your guest come, take a look at the main area where you will be hosting. Can couches be pushed back? Can that chair fit in another corner more out of the way? Maneuver your furniture to make as much room as possible for a comfortable experience for your guest and less worry for you. Then you may even find enough space for a kiddie or card table as well!

4. Create to-do lists

When it comes to hosting a gathering, making lists of to-do’s, food to make, guests to invite, etc will make your life a lot easier. This is the perfect way to make sure that you are not forgetting something and you will not have to do last minute running around on Thanksgiving. Also, make your list a week in advance. Making it the day before the holiday, when you are frazzled with preparation, increases the chance of forgetting what you need to do or buy.

5. Prep as much food as possible in advance!

Think about what food you are going to be making and decide which items you can make a day or two in advance such as pies, cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc. This will decrease the load of the things you need to get done on Thanksgiving. If certain foods need to be made the day of, prep your ingredients! If the recipe calls for onion, chop it up the night before and put it in the fridge. Doing as much as you can ahead of time will be a huge help to yourself.

6. Try not to stress over the little things

Things may not always go your way especially when hosting an event. But, try not to sweat the little things that are out of your control. For example, trying to have everyone sit around one table. While it would be great to have everyone sit around the table together, it may be tight. Place some people in a room close by– that way they can take part in the conversation, and potentially even meet new friends, while insuring your guests are comfortable while enjoying the meal.

7. Send your guest home with leftovers

Insist your guest take some leftovers home. Since they will be celebrating Thanksgiving at your home, they may not have leftovers for the next day waiting for them… and let’s be honest, the leftovers are one of the best parts! Not only does that make a good host, but guests will appreciate the gesture as well!

Holidays will always be a busy time but a joyous one! It is a time to make memories with your family and friends. Do not forget to be thankful that you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach this holiday season. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Residents!