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Happy Presidents Day!

February 15, 2016 8:48 pm

We hope you are all enjoying the holiday and celebrating with family, friends or co-workers!

Missing Summer?

February 4, 2016 9:03 pm

It is hard not to think about the warm days of summer with all the snow. Here’s a little sunshine from the Westwood Garden Apts in St. Louis Park!

It’s Getting Warm!

January 22, 2016 9:44 pm

Get outdoors this weekend and enjoy the amazing weather while it lasts. It is Minnesota after all!

Apartment Decor: Area Rugs

November 3, 2015 10:31 pm

Do you have area rugs from your days on wood floors? Don’t get rid of them! Even with your wall-to-wall carpet, they still have great uses!

  • Use an area rug in a large room to create a defined room space
  • Place an area rug in your bedroom and build a reading space around it
  • Employ a small area rug in your kitchen for a cozy breakfast nook

If you think creatively, you can make your old things work in your new home! Good luck!

 

Keep Warm This Halloween

October 28, 2015 5:16 am

With the weather feeling more wintry by the day, we found this great video from KSTP on how to keep warm this Halloween!

Halloween Safety For Kids

October 26, 2015 5:04 am

Halloween is a great time to be a kid! We all have great memories of dressing up and running around with other kids in the neighborhood. However, it is important to make sure your children are also safe while they collect their candy and treats.

 

Our friends at Safe Kids have some great tips on how to make the holiday both fun and safe!

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Their top tips are:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Click here to download a comprehensive list for your family!

Tips For Dealing With A Noisy Neighbor

October 7, 2015 6:00 am

Shared walls can come with unwanted noises from those around you. If you find yourself in a situation where the noise is effecting your life and enjoyment, here are some tips to handle the situation.

1. Talk with your neighbors

Sometimes neighbors are not aware of how loud they have become. Politely explain the situation to your neighbor in a non-confrontational way and let them know how their level of noise is effecting you and ask if they can help with the situation.

2. Add White Noise

Things as simple as a fan can sometimes help. If it isn’t enough, you may find purchasing a white noise machine helpful.

3. Noise cancelling headphones

Usually used when you are on noisy flights, these can help eliminate the noises that are irritating you at home as well.

4. Soft earplugs

Trying to get a good quite night of rest, a set of earplugs can help block all but the loudest of noises.

If you have tried multiple things and had no luck, contact your management company and make them aware of the issue and file a complaint if necessary. Also, be aware of local noise ordinances (usually 11:00 p.m.) and contact the police if the level of sound is truly disturbing the peace.

 

Making Storage Space in Smaller Rooms

September 24, 2015 2:22 pm

Working with small spaces is not always easy. If your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom is smaller than you would like, just finding a place to store all your stuff can be a real challenge.

 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make the most of small spaces and make sure all your possessions are safe and sound. These creative ideas can help you enhance even the smallest room and make the most of the space you do have available.

 

Go Overhead

If your rooms are short of floor space, move up instead of out. Make use of the space above your head to store items you would otherwise not have room for. Installing a shelving unit over the toilet or a storage rack above the pantry can double your storage space. Hanging a storage caddy from the shower head gives you a handy place to store your shampoos, conditioners, soaps and other toiletries.

 

Choose Nesting Bowls and Frying Pans

Replacing your mismatched bowls and frying pans with nesting models can more than double the storage space in your pantry. If you are tired of shoving your cookware into a limited space, it might be time for a space-saving upgrade.

 

Make Use of Your Wall Space

When floor space is limited, wall space becomes even more precious. From your bike to your cooking utensils, you can hang almost anything on the wall. Choose sturdy hooks, make sure they are anchored properly, and start putting your possessions in their place.

 

Create an Attractive Storage Solution with Baskets

A set of large baskets can be the solution to your storage problem. Baskets can be used to store anything, and they are more attractive than milk crates, shelving units and other popular storage solutions. Mix it up with different size baskets, and move them around the room for an ever-changing look.

 

Build a Wall of Bookcases

Bookcases are good for far more than storing books. A good set of bookshelves or group of bookcases can storage everything from knick-knacks and souvenirs to movies and CDs. A built-in recessed bookcase is the best choice from a space perspective, but a set of low-profile bookshelves is a close second.

 

Use Behind-the-Door Storage Solutions

From shoes to sweaters, you can store your clothes behind the closet door and save precious shelf space. You can purchase ready-made storage pockets that fit behind the door, or create your own with low-profile shelving.

 

Look Underneath

There is plenty of space underneath your bed, so do not let it go to waste. A plastic storage container is perfect for storing papers, out-of-season clothes or anything else you need only occasionally.

 

Living in a small home or apartment does not have to mean giving up your favorite things or dealing with constant clutter. With a little creativity and imagination, you can make even the smallest space more versatile.

Apartment Decor: Hang Curtains

September 14, 2015 6:49 pm

We are always looking for fun decorating ideas to brighten up our spaces. Today our tip comes from Apartment Therapy and it is a good one…Hang Curtains!

I know that it seems like a pain to go through the trouble, but it can make an incredible difference in warming up your space.

 

For more apartment decoration tips, visit Apartment Therapy!

 

Money Saving Tip: Save With Cable Alternatives

September 8, 2015 8:01 am


 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are looking to cut your budget, sometimes the big ticket items, like cable television, get overlooked as a “must have” and dismissed as impossible to scale back.

We have a few alternatives to cable television that may help you save big money over the long run.

If you all ready have high speed internet access, there are several companies and products that offer you some of the benefits of cable without the cost:

1. Hulu Plus: Hulu streams most of the major networks to your television (using either a computer gaming system or stand alone box).  At $9.99/month, it allows you to watch your favorite shows the day after broadcast at a fraction of the cost of cable.

2. Netflix: Netflix offers you a wide range of movies, documentaries and television series on demand and can be streamed directly to your television. At $7.95 a month, Netflix offers you some of the same great programming options without burning a hole in your budget.

3. Amazon Prime: Amazon offers a streaming service with multiple television series and movies free with a purchase of a Prime membership ($79/year). Not only do you get great content, but free 2-day shipping on all your Amazon purchases.

If you are still committed to cable television for one of many reasons, it is worth looking at the current promotions offered by your cable company to consolidate services (internet, phone, etc.) for some packaged savings.