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Tidy Up Your Apartment In 15 Minutes

February 21, 2017 3:04 pm

Of course everyone wants their home to be clean and tidy all the time, but sometimes that is not realistic. What can you do when your apartment is messy but you need it to look neat quickly? Maybe your parents just called to say they’re dropping by, or you forgot that your friend was stopping by for a glass of wine. You can’t clean everything with such a short deadline, but there are ways to make your apartment look neat and presentable in just 15 minutes.

Get Rid of Trash

If you have trash in your apartment, spend two minutes taking it outside or to the trash room. You don’t have time to inspect your house for every crumpled receipt and empty candy wrapper right now, but getting rid of most of the rubbish will make your kitchen look cleaner and remove any lingering smells that might be hanging around.

Tidy Up Clothing

Pick up all your dirty or discarded clothes and put them in a hamper or laundry basket out of the way of guests. Forget about the mess closet your wardrobe and focus on what people can see. This will create more floor space and less clutter immediately.

Stack It Up

Stack any other random clutter, like books and papers, and put decorous objects on top. This will give the illusion of order and coziness to an otherwise messy space. Simple piles of objects make you look like a person who likes to be surrounded by their belongings rather than someone who just forgot to clean.

Put Away Personal Items

Put anything personal, like medication and your private journal, into a drawer. You don’t need to worry about order right now, you just want to ensure that whoever’s visiting doesn’t get a peek into your private matters. Do a quick scan of each room and gather the items as you go.

Make The Bed

Your bed is the biggest thing in your bedroom, and if you live in a studio apartment, it’s the focal point of the room, so pull the covers over it quickly and straighten up the pillows. This will make everything look immediately more ordered.

Air It Out

A disorganized place can easily turn into one that smells stale, so open up all the windows (even if it’s cold) while you’re doing your quick-fire cleaning. Spray a couple of spritzes of something scented like air freshener, deodorant, aftershave, or perfume in each room, and close the windows before your guests arrive if it’s chilly.

Even if your apartment looks disheveled, these tips will have you covered when you need to impress and you don’t have a lot of time to get organized.

It’s Winter Carnival Time!

January 25, 2017 5:22 pm

With the snow falling again today, it makes perfect sense that the Winter Carnival kicks off tomorrow with the opening parade this Saturday! Be sure to visit the Official Winter Carnival website for all the activities.

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Don’t miss out on all the fun and be sure to save with the MTA offer for a free ride to the opening and closing parades!

Holidazzle is Back!

December 3, 2016 6:21 pm

Don’t miss out on all family fun – every Thursday through Saturday – this winter in Loring Park! There are plenty of fun activities for the whole family including carriage rides, ice skating and amazing food & drink!

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Get all the details here!

Snow Emergency Information

November 29, 2016 2:23 pm

It’s that time of year – when the snow starts to fall and snow emergencies happen. Don’t be caught unaware with these links to the rules for snow emergencies in your city.

Get the details here!

A view of snow covered Cherokee Avenue in St. Paul, Wednesday morning, Febrary 29, 2012. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

A view of snow covered Cherokee Avenue in St. Paul, Wednesday morning, Febrary 29, 2012. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

 

Sela Investments & Amy Gonyea Honored For Homeless Vets Work

November 23, 2016 4:43 pm

We were incredibly proud to be honored, with our General Manager Amy Gonyea, at the Hopkins VFW on Monday for our work with homeless veterans. The great men and women of our Armed Services deserve to be treated with the honor and respect that they have earned in protecting all of us and our great country.

We are happy to do our part in ensuring that homeless veterans find homes and do our best to help within our communities.

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Read more in the Star Tribune.

Hot Chocolate Time!

November 2, 2016 3:35 pm

As we move out of the season of pumpkin spice, why not whip up a batch of delicious hot chocolate with an Ina Garten twist? The Barefoot Contessa has a great recipe and incorporates peppermint to get yourself into the holiday spirit!

courtesy of the Food Network

courtesy of the Food Network

 

Get the recipe here!

Safer Halloween Costumes: Tips & Advice for Parents

October 19, 2016 2:15 pm

Many parents want their child’s Halloween costume to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, not all parents know what can be done to make their child’s costume more safe. Below are a series of suggestions that can help parents assemble a safer Halloween costume for their child.

Two young children dressed up in costumes are waiting at a house for candy while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

Two young children dressed up in costumes are waiting at a house for candy while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

1. Choose easy to see clothing.

Bright colors and reflective materials should be incorporated into your child’s Halloween costume. This will make your child easier to see as the daylight begins to fade, helping both motorists and other trick-or-treaters spot your child. Bringing along a flashlight can also help increase your child’s visibility to others.
2. Purchase a flame resistant costume.

Because candlelit jack-o-lanterns are a popular Halloween tradition, it is important that your child’s costume and accessories be flame resistant. While costume shopping, look for labels that state “flame resistant” and avoid costumes that cannot be easily removed should an emergency situation occur. Keep in mind that flame resistant does not mean fireproof. Remind your child to exercise caution whenever a lit candle is nearby.
3. Dress for the weather.

Depending on the local forecast for your area, your Halloween weather may be hot or cold, with a chance or rain or snow. Be sure to check the weather forecast in advance and dress your child accordingly. In cooler climates, loose costumes should be prepared that allow for layering clothing underneath. In warmer climates, breathable materials are preferred so that your child does not become overheated.
4. Consider using face makeup instead of a mask.

Because masks can interfere with your child’s vision and breathing, you should consider using face makeup instead. Be sure to test any makeup that you will be using on a small patch of your child’s skin prior to Halloween night, as some cosmetic ingredients may irritate your child’s skin. If you do decide to use a mask, be sure that it fits properly without limiting your child’s vision or affecting your child’s ability to breathe normally.
5. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

Trick-or-treaters often walk great distances on Halloween night. During this time, it is best for your child to wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Not only will walking shoes be more comfortable on your child’s feet, but they can also help to prevent injuries caused by tripping or falling. Decorative shoes that feel uncomfortable or unfamiliar to your child can spell disaster as the night progresses – especially if the shoes make it difficult for your child to walk normally.
When parents are able to make their child’s costume safer, Halloween becomes a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It is as simple as choosing easy to see clothing, purchasing a flame resistant costume, dressing for the weather, considering face makeup instead of a mask, and wearing a pair of sturdy walking shoes. A safer Halloween is a happier Halloween.

It’s Fall – Get Your Crockpot On!

September 15, 2016 2:41 pm

When the air turns a little colder, it is the perfect time to take out your crockpot for easy cook and hearty meals.

Our friends at Buzzfeed have some of the most delicious and popular recipes cataloged for whatever type of cuisine you’d like to have for dinner!

 

Check out all the great recipes here!

Sign Up For The Sela Investments Newsletter

August 30, 2016 3:38 pm

Not only does the newsletter give you a monthly update on activities and tips, but it also is a great way to get updates on things like snow emergencies for winter! So sign up today!



It’s Minnesota State Fair Time!

August 25, 2016 3:02 pm

It is the best part of the fact summer has to end – The Minnesota State Fair! The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and there is so much to do – from the Midway to the dairy barns to anything you can imagine on a stick! There is is also some great entertainment at the Grand Stand this year with Bonnie Raitt, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, Alabama and Weezer.

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Get more information at the State Fair Website!

 

County Fairs Are Summer Fun!

August 11, 2016 7:07 pm

While we all LOVE the Minnesota State Fair, there are also smaller and more intimate versions in almost every county in Minnesota. Check out one close to you or make a day trip and see a new part of the state.

Get a list of all them here!