With all the responsibilities and demands of our daily lives, from that deadline at work to that parent-teacher conference, to taking care of everyone and everything – well it’s no wonder we daydream about “getting away” so we can sit down, catch our breath, and relax!
While navigating everyday life can be stressful, you don’t have to wait for your next vacation to catch a little R&R. Here are some wonderful ways to relax at home that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, calm, and ready to take on the next day:
Daily meditation has long been considered a way to quiet the mind and activate the body’s natural defense against stress. There are many forms of meditation but the key to any meditation practice is that it should feel effortless. You shouldn’t be stressed about trying to learn how to relax.
Gardening is also another way to relax at home. For apartment dwellers, try planting and tending to an indoor garden or planting your favorite herbs in a small container to place on the windowsill or outdoor patio.
Turn your bathroom into a resort spa. Bathrooms do need to be functional, but that doesn’t mean they have to look like a janitor’s closet. Invest in some lush rugs with matching towels in soothing colors like muted greens and blues. Hide the cleaning supplies and grooming products out of sight and replace them with a few bamboo plants and lavender-scented soaps. Turn on some relaxing spa music and soak your cares away. Relaaaax.
Limit your screen time and read a good book – the kind you hold in your hands. The constant and frequent bombardment of media, lights, action, and content can be taxing on your mind. It’s okay to turn the phone off for an hour or as long as you need to and let the mind settle into a great story.
Listen to funny podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to unwind at the end of the day and still feel connected to the rest of the world – if you so choose.
Call or write to a friend. Put on your favorite sweats, curl up in your favorite comfy spot and call that friend that always makes you laugh. Also, the act of writing a letter, versus an email, can be very relaxing. Grab a fun card and sit down and write an actual letter to a friend or relative and wait for their surprised response…which will most likely come in the form of an email or text, but still, the act of writing the note is both relaxing and a nice way to say hello.
Puzzle out the stress. This tip isn’t for everyone. Some people get agitated when trying to puzzle something together. But for puzzle fans, whiling away the hours on a crossword or jigsaw puzzle can provide hours of relaxation.
Cooking and baking. For foodies, this is a no-brainer, but for those who aren’t in the kitchen all that much, cooking can be a relaxing way to engage the mind and relax. Depending on how it all turns out – it can also offer up some tasty results.
Write in a journal. Journaling is an excellent way to relax at home. Add some imagination to your journaling and write out your “perfect day,” and what your special day would look like from the moment you wake up to the moment you lay your head on the pillow at night. Are you in a completely different profession? Where do you live? Who are you with? Whatever it is that lights you up, write about it and feel the stress disappear. Bonus – you also just put some good stuff in motion. Dreams are free, after all!
Play with your cat or dog. They’ve been waiting for you to come home all day. Interacting with pets is an instant stress relief and makes them feel good, too. Add some goofy selfies to the mix, and you’d be surprised how the stress dissipates when you and the dog have enough pics together to create your own calendar.
Use the community amenities! We know we said “10 tips” but this one is such a great reminder because sometimes we are so tired at night, we walk right by that pool or spa and never think to actually utilize them as a stress reliever! Fire up the grill and impress yourself and your friends with a new recipe, take a dip in the pool, workout in the gym, enjoy the community pool table, say hello to your neighbors. That’s what community amenities are all about – community!
What do you do at home to relax? Share your ideas and experiences with us at #LifeatWeidner.
It’s National Cat Day! With that said, we’re somewhat experts when it comes to living with pets, especially when it comes to our feline friends. These curious creatures like to keep themselves amused so a little preparation can go a long way in preventing injuries – to the cat, to you, and to your treasured belongings. If you live in one of our several pet-friendly communities, here are a few tips for cat-proofing your apartment:
To a cat, everything is a potential toy. Make sure you’re cleaning supplies, aerosol cans, and sharp objects like safety pins, etc. are safely tucked away.
Invest in some toys the cat will play with and recognize as their own – in an effort to distract them from your toys, that is. Lipsticks, jewelry, cuff links, sunglasses, and definitely any accessory containing feathers is fair game for a cat, so consider hiding those things away if you want to keep them pristine.
Start a DIY project with materials around your home. There is plenty of great DIY scratching post ideas to keep you and your cat occupied!
The grass is always greener – on one of your houseplants. Cats like to chew on plants, but most of them are poisonous to frisky felines. If your cat likes to graze on your houseplants, invest in some pet-safe houseplants or place them outside for some extra sun
Invest in Sticky Paws for your furniture! Cats love a supple leather couch or wicker chair to sink their claws into. Try Sticky Paws, a double-sided tape that repels cats. You can also try putting their scratch post near the couch with catnip dusted on it to direct them away from your furniture.
Clip their claws regularly. This should help with any accidental damage from kitty running around on furniture or carpet and getting their claws caught on a stray fiber.
Don’t leave windows open, even if there’s a screen when you’re not at home. Cats are escape artists and if you live in a high-rise, that could be dangerous for kitty, even though they do have an uncanny ability to land on their feet.
Tie up loose chords attached to blinds and drapes. Cats like to play with anything that’s dangling and if it’s attached to something, they can pull it down. If it’s not attached, they could get entangled in the chord.
Cats like a nice bathroom – so keep their cat box clean, or they might choose another surface to relieve themselves on.
Litterbox location is key to keeping your apartment tidy. Preferably, place it somewhere with light foot traffic and some privacy for kitty. A mat or rug in front of the box can make cleaning up stray litter a bit easier too.
Keep up with the trends on toys, supplies, and safety tips. From cat cameras to high-tech scratch posts, to remote-controlled mice, Catological.com has something for everyone. You can also try Amazon, Petco, Target, Pet Smart and your local pet store for new trends that benefit you and your furry friend.
What are some of the ways you cat-proof your apartment? Share your cat-proofing ideas with us at #LifeatWeidner.
When it’s 118 degrees outside, even making toast seems like an unnecessary evil. Thankfully, food trucks are here to the rescue and on the rise in popularity. Beat the heat and let someone else do the cooking and try some of these roving, tasty treats from some of the best food trucks in Phoenix:
My Home Plate – Now you don’t have to fire up the grill at home with these traditional burgers, hot dogs, and the heat-busting snow-cone.
Mustache Pretzels – Their slogan says it all, “Great mustaches aren’t born, they’re bread.” We agree!
Puffy Taco Shack – Here’s a new take on everyone’s favorite taco, the Puffy Taco! “Made up of a special kind of masa dough that inflates when you heat it, Puffy Taco Shack is filling those cloud-like tortillas with a myriad of meats, veggies, and spices to tantalize your taste buds.”
East Coaster Foods – For those of you East Coast transplants who are missing your pretzels and pastrami sandwiches, take heart! Now there is East Coaster Foods offering up all the classic favorites the East Coast is known for.
Leo’s Ice Cream – This nostalgic menu has it all, from the classic Big Dipper Cone to the Creamsicle! What a great way to cool down.
M’s Avenue Grill and Smokehouse – M’s offers up the traditional barbeque with some surprise menu items including hummus and pita bread or dried fruits, nuts and cheese platters for those of you who prefer to eat light on a hot summer night.
Short Leash Hot Dogs and Rollover Doughnuts – What a combo of flavors and a twist on an old favorite. “We started this business because we believe in doing the things you love in life, eating well and surrounding yourself with people who make you happy. Our mission is to serve a unique twist on a classic favorite. Our fare is simple and straightforward with a focus on using local purveyors and natural ingredients.”
Do you have a favorite food truck in Phoenix? Share it with us at #LifeatWeidner!
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce receipt of the National Apartment Association’s Anthony V. Pusateri Apartment Career Promotion Award in 2018. Received for our efforts towards raising awareness for and increasing career prospects in residential property management (RPM), this award symbolizes our commitment to this industry and the people in it.
Weidner’s commitment to furthering careers in the property management space is particularly evident in our prolonged investment in college graduates. We have helped create and develop several RPM programsat universities across the country including the University of Alaska Anchorage, Stout University in Wisconsin & Ball State University in Indiana, and are also expanding our international footprint with a program currently under development at MacEwan University in Canada. These programs have seen an increase in participation and visibility over the years and have substantially contributed towards promoting the industry’s talent. Graduates are fully equipped with the skills and tools to launch a promising career in the RPM field, and several have risen through the ranks at Weidner alone.
Comprehensive training programs and paid summer internships are the result of this continued emphasis on education. Weidner brings in the best and brightest to participate in its industry leading Manager-in-Training (MIT) and Service-Tech-in-Training (SIT) programs, which are designed to boost skills and confidence through real world experience. At the end of the training period, candidates are provided the opportunity to utilize their training in full-time positions, with many MITs given their own communities to manage.
We at Weidner Apartment Homes are proud of our achievement inthe NAA Awards this year, and even more excited to continue on our journey towards building future leaders in property management. We look forward to watching and actively participating in the development of this thriving industry.
As summer vacation winds down and the back-to-school sales begin, it’s easy to get caught up in a flurry of activity. But not to worry, we have compiled a few tips for a smoother transition into the new school year:
Say goodbye to sleeping in. This might be the most difficult part of the transition – going from the lazy days of summer to the alarm sounding off before the sun is even up. The good news is, sleeping patterns can adapt quickly with just a few practice runs. 2-3 nights before school starts, set that alarm and get yourself and/or the kids out of bet and ready to rumble. Take note – expect some resistance. You might want to have some pancakes on the grill as a peace offering.
Don’t shop til’ you drop – make a list instead. Back-to-school shopping can get exhausting and expensive very quickly. Making a list will help you stay on track in all the excitement. Organize the list by needs and then wants so your budget isn’t strained by too many wants and not enough necessities. Include the kids in the preparation – they’ll enjoy the excitement and it’s another opportunity to teach prioritizing and planning.
Set expectations. Going back to school can put a strain on the family because the routine is suddenly changed. Planning ahead for school and family activities, communicating and setting expectations can reduce the stress associated with changes in routine. If everyone knows what to expect, there’s fewer disappointments and miscommunications.
Set up a homework area with supplies. Don’t be caught off guard by homework assignments on the first day back – they happen. Designate an area of your home that’s known as the “homework zone” and fill it with supplies, healthy snacks, and a few inspirational notes. Engage the kids with a craft night to create the perfect space for the Homework Zone by decorating pencil and paper holders, etc.
Restock the lunch supplies. Nothing bursts a fun lunch bubble faster than a misshapen, haphazard lunchbox, container, or knapsack. Now is the time to re-invest in air-tight sandwich containers and other supplies while the sales are at their peak.
Organize the closets and drawers. Soon, the morning routine will be running at full speed and there won’t be as much time for finding those matching outfits. Consider categorizing outfits together in the closet by color and organizing drawers with the most-used items on the top.
Review past teachings. Doing a quick review of what was learned in the previous school year will help you and your child acclimate to the new lessons and bridge that “summer fog” gap.
Enjoy that last week of vacation! Set aside plenty of time to enjoy the sun at the beach or the pool, spend time with family, finish those summer projects and ease into the school year knowing you made the best out of your vacation!
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Unless you’re an early riser, it might be difficult to beat the heat and fit your workout in before the sweltering sun sends you back indoors. While we know you can hit the gym for an indoor yoga, spin, or CrossFit class, we thought we’d offer up some creative alternatives to try this summer:
Get to the pool. While this tip might seem obvious, the pool isn’t just for swimming anymore. Water aerobics is a great way to stay fit and cool, simultaneously. AquaExercises.com lists a variety of workouts with animated instructions and routines for a variety of fitness needs.
Water Volleyball is another way to beat the heat and add some competition to the mix. Check with your local gym or YMCA to see about organized games, or try organizing some friendly games at your own community pool. Check in with the leasing manager for tips, resources, and any community restrictions.
The forest is your friend on a hot day. Trail walks through national parks offer the peace and tranquility of nature along with some much-needed shade. For national parks and forests near you, check out DiscovertheForest.org.
Bowling just got a lot cooler. Bowling burns an estimated 105 calories per half-hour and most bowling alleys have a great soundtrack and even live bands while you perfect your skills – all inside an air-conditioned haven.
Racquetball is a rigorous sport, ideal for burning calories, breaking a sweat, and feeding your competitive spirit. Serious players enter tournaments, while the more casual players grab a friend and hash out the week’s stress on the court. Check your local listings for racquetball courts in your area.
Get in on the trending watersports. From paddle boarding to jet skiing to kayaking to surfing, water sports never go out of style. Grab your gear and head to the nearest body of water. Don’t forget to apply that waterproof sunscreen.
Dancing is always cool. Dance in the morning, dance on your lunch hour, dance while you’re watching TV and watch your waistline narrow and your smile widen. Host a dance party and invite some friends over for a dance-a-thon or check your local listings for the latest party craze, the Silent Disco!
Burn some calories housecleaning. This tip doesn’t pack much excitement, but did you know that housecleaning burns an impressive amount of calories? Check out Shape’s list of chores that you can now call “exercise.” Who knew mopping could work off that morning bagel? Afterward, head over to the community pool. You’ve earned it!
Share your fit and cool tips with us at #LifeatWeidner!
Cranking up the air conditioning is probably the most popular solution for beating the summer heat, but it’s not the most cost-effective. Here are a few tips to stay cool without cranking up the AC:
Cool your sheets! Utilize the ice packs from your freezer and place them between the sheets 5 minutes before you go to bed. It does wonders!
Place a cup of water in front of a fan. Sounds old school, but it really works. Place a cup or glass of ice water in front of a fan on your bookcase, dresser, or end table and feel the cool, moist breeze.
Take a cold shower or jump in the pool before bed. Cool water helps bring down your body temperature and will help you sleep through the night.
Turn off the lights. Lights radiate heat. If you don’t need that light on to read or navigate through your apartment home – turn it off. As a bonus, you’re saving money!
Snack on melons and citrus! Watermelons and other water-dense fruits like cantaloupes and oranges can help quench thirst and cool you down, while also supplying you with a healthy dose of vitamins. Also, try keeping fruit or cucumber-infused water on hand for a tasty, hydrating cooldown.
Reset ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise. This pulls the air from the cooler part of the room and redistributes it onto you, instead of pushing the hot air that naturally rises – down on to the back of your neck – where you’re already overheated. Speaking of the back of your neck-
Place cold compresses at the base of your neck and on your feet. Brr! Your body will think it’s winter outside. (That’s the idea, anyway.)
Cook outside. Take up the art of grilling and avoid cooking indoors whenever possible. See our Grilling Tips blog for some tasty tidbits!
Keep the blinds and curtains closed. We’re not saying you should sit in the dark both day and night, but it will help cool down your apartment home if you keep out the sun as much as possible.
Keep it casual, keep it cotton. Cotton fabric is by far the best choice for clothing during the summer months. Slinky, silky materials might look fancier, but they won’t keep you as cool as cotton.
Here’s to beating the summer heat, keeping cool, and shaving a few dollars off that energy bill. Share your cool living tips with us at #LifeatWeidner.
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce that we’ve recently signed an agreement with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks organization to become a minority owner of the team. Driving this new partnership is our desire to participate in the move to a new permanent stadium in downtown Colorado Springs. Located near the site of the new Olympic Museum and close to America the Beautiful Park, the stadium is one component of the fourth project proposed under the City for Champions initiative that the City began pursuing in 2013. At this point, the three other projects have all broken ground, and our stadium, in conjunction with a new indoor hockey arena at Colorado College hope to follow with an anticipated opening date of 2020. Accommodating 10,000 spectator seats for sporting events and 20,000 audience members for entertainment events, the downtown stadium promises to bring new energy into an area of town that is ripe for redevelopment.
With 20 established apartment rental communities offering over 3000 units across Colorado Springs, the city remains one of Weidner’s prized markets and we are excited to continue our investment in the area. We will be building a seven-floor community alongside the stadium which will house both residential apartment units and mixed-use businesses, feature magnificent views of the world famous Pikes Peak Mountain, and provide a deck looking onto the new stadium.
The project, in partnership with the Colorado Springs Renewal Authority, the state office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado College and the Colorado Switchbacks soccer team, embodies Weidner’s commitment to community and development. We are proud to play a role in contributing to this up-and-coming neighborhood and providing a permanent home for this great team.
Are you looking to introduce more adventure into your life this summer? If the answer is yes, one of the best things you can do is immerse yourself in mother nature by going on a hike! Before you embark on your adventure, make sure to be prepared. Here are a few tips and reminders for the ultimate hiking experience:
Know your current fitness level. If you are an experienced hiker, this might not be as crucial, but if you are a beginner, you should know where your fitness comfort zone is. Gauge the difficulty of the trail by walking. If this doesn’t feel like a challenge, casually jogging should do the trick. Just remember, if you haven’t hiked in a long time, don’t overdo it. You will be surprised by how sore your body will be from even the simplest trails!
What kind of experience are you looking for? If enjoying nature is your thing, pick a trail known for its views. For those seeking a challenge, trails with steep inclines will definitely put your body to the test.
Once you decide on your adventure, familiarize yourself with the trail. Study the maps, bring the maps, and ask around. Don’t depend on Google Maps and your phone. If your phone loses service or you drop it, then it’s just you and Mother Nature out there. Be prepared. You can also invest in a GPS tracker as a backup plan to keep you on the trail and off the missing person’s list!
Check the weather. If it’s 100+ degrees, you will need sunscreen and plenty of water. For cold temperatures, dress appropriately so that your joints stay loose. For heavy rain, avoid the trails altogether as the terrain becomes unpredictable; not to mention your clothes will be drenched and muddied!
Happy feet, happy hike. There’s nothing worse than aching, blistering feet on a hike. A long hike is not the time to break in a new pair of hiking boots, either. For tips on how to choose the best hiking boots, check out REI’s expert advice. The same thing goes for socks!
The layered look works best for hiker fashion. Keep it light, but be prepared to add a jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves as the weather can change quickly at higher elevations.
Pack a supply of these 10 essential things for the ultimate hiking experience. Just knowing you have these supplies will help you enjoy the journey even more. From sunscreen to trail mix, the 10 essentials will keep you focused on the adventure ahead instead of worrying about what you might have left behind.
Check in with a friend or relative and let them know where you’re headed. The elements can delight us and also surprise us – it’s better to err on the side of caution and let someone know you’re hitting the trail.
Do some extra research ahead of time on the plant life, birds, and animals you might encounter along your trek. Off the grid and into nature is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the hiking experience.
Have fun and share your photos with us at #LifeatWeidner! We love adventure!
Don’t let your summer end without visiting new places, trying new things, and creating long-lasting memories. Summer is the perfect time to seek adventure, and there is an adventure waiting behind every corner in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a great place to be during the summertime because there is so much going on. Create a bucket list of all the things you want to get into this summer and start checking them off your list. If you’re not sure what you want to do during your summer, here’s a few amazing things Wisconsin has to offer that you can put on your bucket list.
Outdoor Cave Adventure
Go and check out some of the mesmerizing caves they have in the Wisconsin area. Visit one of the many extraordinary caves in Wisconsin that allow you to take a fun and educational tour. The unique beauty of these caves will have you in awe and are truly inspiring. One of the more popular caves to visit in Wisconsin is the Cave of the Monds, which is a national natural landmark. This limestone cave offers a lot of fun activities for visitors along with a great tour.
Feed The Lions
If you want to add a little excitement to your summer try giving food to the king of the jungle. At places like Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue they let you feed their rescued lions, tigers, and more. You can get acquainted with not only local wildlife this summer but animals from all over the world. See these precious animals and take part in fun activities the rescue center has that will allow you to meet the animals up close. Learn all about the different species of large cats and where they come from. It’s a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget.
Ride Like the Wind
Wisconsin is filled with scenic bike trails that give you great views of the city as well as a little taste of nature. Mariners Trail is a bike trail that has a wonderful view of Lake Michigan and other beautiful rivers. The trail will take you through Point Beach State Forest, as well as through parts of the city. It’s an ideal trail to ride along because the trial isn’t too difficult and it’s away from heavy traffic. If you decide to do this exciting trails it’s best to make sure your bike is ready for the ride. Check tire pressure and your brakes before you leave. You’ll also want to make sure you have the proper riding safety gear as well.
Take your summer to a whole new level when you try ziplining at Bigfoot Zipline. Zip through the air and get a birds-eye view of the area around you. It’s the perfect activity to do if you enjoy being around nature or if you’re just looking for a thrill. The staff there is wonderful and makes you feel safe and comfortable during your ziplining journey. They’ll walk you through everything, and make sure that you’re having a good time. Add this adrenaline experience to your bucket list and make it just one of the many fun things you get into this summer.
Get An Eye For Art
Take a look at the stunning artwork exhibited in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Learn about the different artist that are featured there and their different inspirations. Be in awe when you see The Birds in Art exhibit, which features glorious contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. It’s one of the most popular exhibits displayed annually. Take a tour of this great museum, and see jaw-dropping pieces you can’t find anywhere else. The artwork is so great here it will have you coming back for more.
Summer is all about taking chances, experiencing life, and enjoying yourself to the best of your abilities. Whatever you decide to do this summer, make sure you’re creating memories that will last a lifetime!