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19
Jan 18

Apartment Living 101 – DIY Magnetic Spice Rack

If you are like us then you love to eat and cook! Cooking can be a great way to bond with your family, relieve stress or provide a great meal to special guests. Cooking becomes more of a challenge in an apartment home due to limited space. All of those kitchen gadgets and ingredients take up counter and cupboard space that you may not want to give up! With that in mind we are here to help save you some space!

If you tuned into our last Apartment Living 101 video, you may have seen the magnetic spice rack we showed as one of our space saving techniques. This is a great solution to a cupboard or counter full of spices and it makes it easier to see exactly what you have on hand before starting that next meal.

Depending on how many spices you have, this project would only cost you about a dollar per spice! Links to all you will need for the project are provided on our YouTube channel.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Spice Tins
  • Magnets
  • Electrical Tape
  • Super Glue
  • White Marker
  • Nail polish remover
  • Metal Sheet (optional)
  • Double stick mounting strips (optional)

First, we’ll write the names of the spices on each tin. If you’re using a white permanent marker, you can use nail polish remover to easily remove any mistakes if you need a do-over.

Next, we’ll glue magnets to the bottom of the tin. If you’re dealing with heavier spices, you may want to use 2 magnets.

Then we’ll take a small strip of electrical tape, and place it on shared side of the tin. This helps make sure the tins don’t accidentally open if they’re a little loose. The tins from this site tend to be just a little too loose for mounting vertically.

Once the tins are done, fill them up with the spices.

If you’re going to mount the spices on your refrigerator, you’re done!

If you want to mount these on the wall or cabinet doors, continue watching.

Here, we’ll mount the metal sheet on the wall using some double stick mounting strips. Because this is a fairly large sheet, I’m wanting to make sure this won’t fall with all the spices mounted on there.

Once you’re done, mount the metal sheet up, and firmly press on each area where the tape is for about 30 seconds.

And that’s it! Now you can mount your spices up, and arrange them however you feel works best! Whether that be by category, or in my case, alphabetically.
Where did you end up mounting your spices? Comment below, visit our Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel or take a picture and use the hashtag A-P-T-Living 1-0-1. If you have any questions, leave them down below, and we’ll answer them for you.

18
Jan 18

Weidner Cares Corporate Team and The New Bethlehem Day Center

Weidner Cares Corporate Team and The New Bethlehem Day Center
Weidner Cares Corporate Team and The New Bethlehem Day Center

Recently, 65 volunteers from the Weidner Apartment Homes corporate office gathered to help out the New Bethlehem Day Center in Kirkland, WA.

The New Bethlehem Day Center’s mission is to be a “driving force to meet the urgent, unmet need for a year-round day center for families who are experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.”  On their website, they further identify that mission by stating their beliefs that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment and that every person has the right to a safe, affordable place to call home – just to name a few.

With nearly 600 homeless students enrolled in the Lake Washington and Bellevue school districts alone, New Bethlehem offers a place to go after school to do homework, eat, and play before emergency shelters open for the night. The Center provides these homeless families on the Eastside with a place to go during the day, a laundry facility, showers and restrooms, hot meals and snacks, and assistance with locating the social services they so desperately need.

The Weidner Cares Corporate Team preparing the backyard area for the installation of a new playground
The Weidner Cares Corporate Team preparing the backyard area for the installation of a new playground

 

The Weidner Cares Corporate Team spent one full day revamping their building, inside and out, including planting flowers and adding beauty bark, tearing down an unwanted shed, and preparing the backyard area for the installation of a new playground. They also hauled away truckloads of unneeded furniture, toys and items for donation.

Weidner Cares Corporate Team spent one full day revamping the New Bethlehem Day Center building
Weidner Cares Corporate Team revamping the New Bethlehem Day Center building

 

Weidner Cares Corporate Team revamping the New Bethlehem Day Center building
Weidner Cares Corporate Team revamping the New Bethlehem Day Center building

The largest task of the day was to paint the upstairs area of the facility, which had not been updated since the late 1960’s. The area consists of 5 large classrooms and will now be utilized as a childcare and learning facility. To add some fun ambiance for the kids, The Weidner Cares team painted a special mural in the hallway. New carpet and new blinds were also installed, making for an inviting space where the kids can learn and play.

Weidner Cares team painted a special mural in the hallway
Weidner Cares team painted a special mural in the hallway

“I am moved to tears to consider who this will benefit, how this work will benefit the children and families in the New Bethlehem Day Center and Salt House community, enabling us to have an even wider reach of impacting the urgent need of homeless on the Eastside. Thank you for all for this incredible work,” said Stephanie Cuthbertson, an associate of the Center.

Weidner Apartment Homes would like to thank the New Bethlehem Day Center for the opportunity to contribute our time and talents. It’s an inspiration to see everyone coming together as a team to see just how much can be accomplished in a single day. Bravo, Weidner Cares Corporate Team, and bravo, New Bethlehem Day Center for the work you do!

-The Weidner Apartment Homes Team

16
Jan 18

Weidner Welcomes The Highlands Apartment Homes in Oklahoma City!

The Highlands
The Highlands

Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce our most recent acquisition, The Highlands Apartment Homes, a 896-unit apartment community nestled in beautiful Oklahoma City.

Quality Living, Affordable Elegance

The Highlands Apartment Homes offers elegant apartment living at an affordable price with amenities that cater to residents’ need for comfort and style. These one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes feature a fully equipped kitchen, 9 ft ceilings, and a private patio or balcony. Select floor plans feature a breakfast bar and pantry for the ultimate in kitchen comfort.

The spacious, open floor plans feature extra designer touches including modern plank floors, and ceiling fans. For added convenience, an in-unit washer and dryer are also included, as well as an oversized walk-in closet. With chilly Oklahoma winters, apartments with fireplaces are more than a luxury: they’re essential! Luckily, each unit in The Highlands has a fireplace, giving your home an extra layer of comfort and warmth!

The Highlands’ grounds are made for fun and relaxation and include:

  • 2,000 Square Foot Fitness Center
  • Clubhouse with Billiards Table
  • Shimmering Swimming Pool
  • 21-Seat Movie Theatre
  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Business Center
  • Mature, lush landscaping
  • Guest Parking

Pets are Welcome, Too!

Nothing says the comforts of home like a four-legged, furry friend by your side. At Weidner Apartment Homes, we understand and celebrate the bond between residents and their pets and we’re happy to be one of OKC’s best pet friendly apartments. Check with the leasing office for details, as some breed restrictions apply.

Corporate Housing in Oklahoma City, OK

For those individuals or families that are working at one of Oklahoma City’s many businesses, The Highlands Apartment Homes also offers corporate housing. Now corporate housing residents can experience all the comforts of home – in a community with an overabundance of interior and exterior amenities.

This is quality apartment living at The Highlands luxury apartments in Oklahoma City, OK. Now let’s take a look at the neighborhood!

Life in Oklahoma City, OK

The Highlands Apartment Homes are perfect for the busy commuters! Conveniently located near public transportation, the Kilpatrick Turnpike, and I-235, all of Oklahoma City is at your fingertips! Whether it be for work or play, the Highlands provide you with easy access to all the excitement and charm OKC has to offer.

VistitOKC.com describes it as, “Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions, and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s rich in cowboy culture as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.”

Well said. Here’s a sampling of what to expect as a resident of Oklahoma City:

Golf, Parks, and Recreation

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to Quail Creek and Links, Silverhorn Golf Club, and Lincoln Park Golf course, just to name a few. For those who enjoy a stroll through the park or a more robust hiking trail, Oklahoma City has something for every fitness level. In fact, 56% of Oklahoma residents live within a half-mile of a park. The Highlands is just a short distance from Lake Stanley Draper Trails, Stars and Stripes Park, Bluff Creek Park, and the lush Will Rogers Gardens.

Dining and Shopping

There’s no shortage of casual and fine dining establishments in Oklahoma City. Residents and tourists alike have rated some of these as their favorites: Hideaway Pizza, Cheever’s Café, Kitchen No. 324, Redrock Canyon Grill, and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.

For those in need of some quick retail therapy, Oklahoma City offers everything from boutique and vintage shops to national chains. Spring Creek North Shopping Center, Penn Square Mall, Quail Springs Mall and Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City are just a few of the local favorites.

Entertainment

When it’s time to venture off the property for a little fun and excitement, Oklahoma City offers a wide variety of entertainment options. For those who enjoy museums, try the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the American Banjo Museum. Or, enjoy a game or event at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Take a scenic walk across the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge, or for a boost of arts and culture, try the Paseo Arts District. Experience one of Oklahoma City’s favorite pastimes at the Oklahoma City Horseshow.

Employment and Education

Oklahoma City is also home to major employers including BancFirst, Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources, Devon Energy, and Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. The Oklahoma City Public Schools website gives an extensive list of public schools to research and of course, Oklahoma City University is also within close proximity to The Highlands Apartment Homes.

We’re proud to add The Highlands Apartment Homes, one of the best pet friendly, convenient apartments in OKC to our family of communities. Whether you’ve lived in Oklahoma City for a while or relocating soon, stop by and take a tour!

-The Weidner Apartment Homes Team

11
Jan 18

Let Your Garden Grow, Indoors!

Let Your Garden Grow, Indoors!
Let Your Garden Grow, Indoors!

While winter may be going strong into January, we have our eyes set on spring! Specifically, the beautiful flowers and plants that bloom under the beautiful, warm spring sun. When you live in an apartment, it can sometimes be hard to envision having great greenery, given that nearly your entire space is indoors only. In reality, having apartment plants is not only easy, it’s lots of fun! We’ve collected some great information and tips to help you start your very own DIY indoor garden, right in your very own Weidner apartment!

The good news about a DIY indoor garden is you can feel like a farmer without putting in all those long hours! Not to mention, it’s a great way to beat those winter blues as you watch life blossoming all around you. The best part? There are plenty of apartment plants that will work wonderfully for your space!

The basics of successful indoor gardening are good seeds in the proper soil, the right amount of water and light, nutrients, as needed and of course, a little love.

To successfully grow your DIY indoor garden, you’ll need:

  • A designated space. Try a windowsill, special shelf, or table.
  • A combination of natural light and grow lights work best.
  • Temperature control. Indoor gardens prefer the temperature at 65 to 75 degrees.
  • You’ll need a spray bottle for spritzing and a glass of water near the plants.
  • Indoor potting soil.

Once you’ve chosen a designated space for your garden, you’ll want to make sure you have something in place to catch any water spills. A small piece of tarp would work wonderfully! Now you get to decide what you want to grow and enjoy the “fruits of your labor.” There’s a variety of plants and herbs that flourish in an indoor garden, so long as you tend to it like only a good farmer would! Many “trendy plants” also make great apartment plants with the right care and attention. While the ever-popular cacti and air plants are great apartment plants go-to, we personally feel that a DIY indoor garden should also serve some functionality and fully encourage trying your hand at some tastier apartment plants!

Some of the more common herbs grown inside are Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Lavender, Parsley, Oregano, and Rosemary. To round out that perfect salad, try these vegetables: Peppers, Salad Greens, Kale, Chard, Carrots, Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes. All of these are great plants for small spaces!

The most common mistake made in all gardening and indoor gardening especially are overwatering and under watering. If the edges of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, you’re probably under watering, whereas, if the bottom leaves are dropping, you’re most likely overwatering. Lots of plants for small spaces don’t even need to be watered more than a few times a month!

If you’d like to take the guesswork out of indoor gardening, try purchasing plants that are already potted and ready to go and grow. Your local nursery is a great resource for you when you start planting and are likely to have lots of already potted plants to make your DIY indoor garden as easy as possible!

We’d love to see how your DIY indoor garden is coming along. Share it with us at #LifeatWeidner and enjoy that fresh salad made with your apartment plants!

-The Weidner Team

9
Jan 18

Weidner Embraces the Love with Love Notes!

Weidner Embraces the Love with Love Notes!
Weidner Embraces the Love with Love Notes!

Inspired by Peter Kageyama’s book, “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow-up, “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” Weidner is embracing the love!

Weidner Apartment Homes takes great pride in creating communities our residents’ love, so it makes perfect sense that as Valentine’s Day approaches, we show our residents our appreciation. That’s why we’ve begun our Love Notes initiative for 2018!

Love Notes can vary from positive messaging, to resident events, to something as simple as an added seat by the garden, but they all have one goal in mind: to engage the community so that residents feel a deeper sense of connection and pride in the place they live. Every month we will focus on a different region. Up first are our Arizona Apartments:

Mozaic at Steele Park created a gift wrapping station during the holidays. Future Love Notes plans include:

  • Smores and bonfire nights
  • 4th of July catering event
  • Resident activities at night

At the Enclave, residents enjoyed homemade lasagna at their resident event in December. The laundry room was also painted with added decorations to make doing laundry a little more inviting! In January, they’ll have a breakfast-on-the-go event, hosted by the maintenance team.

At the Acclaim, residents enjoy discounted pizza every 2nd Wednesday of the month, a Sunday Omelet Breakfast every 3 months, and a monthly cake in the office for resident birthdays. During the holidays, there was also a gift wrapping station set up. Future Love Notes plans include:

  • Valentine Sunday Brunch in the office
  • 2nd Thursday in March is “Popcorn Lover’s Day,” with fresh bags of popcorn for residents!

Tierra Vida residents currently enjoy a Resident Book Library and popcorn and candy offered with DVD rentals. Future plans include:

  • Lawn games
  • Pizza and board game parties

At Hawthorne, they show the love to residents by providing coffee in the clubhouse and package delivery, upon request. Future plans include:

  • Monthly and/or quarterly resident events like game nights or specific holiday celebrations
  • Papa John’s Pizza Night
  • Keeping the office open late for “Weidner Wednesday”
  • Monthly calendar of events and reminders

Sonoma Landing also has some big plans in place:

  • Hosting “2nd Saturdays” for AZ Tasty Eats with various foods offered
  • “Storytime with Sonoma.” Team members (including the Service Team) will be reading books to the children from 10am-11 every Tuesday in January. The community purchased small blankets, pillows, hot cocoa, candy canes & cookies for the kids to enjoy.
  • Food trucks scheduled for a majority of Thursdays in the 1st quarter
  • Papa John’s pizza nights once per month
  • A cookie decorating day in February
  • In March, a photographer is scheduled to take Spring Photos and residents will receive a free 8×10
  • “March Madness” pool during the NCAA Basketball playoffs with prizes! (TBD)

Natura Villas is building an outdoor cornhole with surrounding benches and landscaping. They also plan on a bike station where residents can check out bikes and enjoy them on the adjacent bike path; and as always, random acts of kindness.

Residents of Lofts at Rio Salado currently enjoy checking bikes out for use on the canal/bike path adjacent to the property. Coming up – residents will receive a decorative rock to place in the fountain that represents one of the four elements: Earth, Wind, Fire or Water. A mural and a sculpture will be added to each building.

Way to embrace the love, Weidner Arizona apartments! If you are interested in any our Arizona apartments, please reach out to their leasing managers. We’d love to have you as part of our community!

Share your community love notes at #LifeatWeidner.

What matters to you, matters to us!

-The Weidner Team

5
Jan 18

Apartment Living 101 – Small Apartment Organization Tips

Welcome back to our Apartment Living 101 series! In our first video we taught you some great tips and tricks to staying toasty during the cold winter months in our “How to Keep Warm in the Winter” video. We followed that up with a second video to help you stay warm in your apartment with our “DIY Door Draft Stopper” that showed you how to keep the draft out of your apartment using items found around your apartment.

Now that everyone is nice and warm we are here to give you advice on getting organized and storing your stuff in our “Small Apartment Organization” video. We know how difficult it can be to find ways to store and organize your stuff in a small space and we are here to give you our top 10 tips on utilizing the space in your apartment. The best part is, these DIY storage ideas are all less than $20 per project and you most likely have some of the necessary items laying around the house!

Here we go!

Tension Rods
You can use these under the sink to hold your spray bottles up and out of the way, or you can use them in your pantry to help keep your trays, lids, and cutting boards upright and organized.

Magnetic Spice Wall
When counter space is at a premium and cupboards are already overflowing, why not utilize your wall space? Just put up a metal sheet, and mount your spices up with magnets! You can mount this either on your wall or on the inside of your cabinet doors.

Magnetic Strip
Use a magnetic strip on the inside of your medicine cabinet door, drawer, or on the wall to keep your bobby pins, tweezers, and nail clippers in one little area.

Shoe Organizer
If you have an old over-the-door shoe organizer, you can store your pantry food, canned goods, or cleaning materials here.

Soda Can Tab Hangers
A great way to reuse those soda can tabs AND to increase space in your closet is by using the tabs to double up hangers! Also, if you wanted to prep an outfit for the next morning, you can combine them together and hang it up.

Shower Ring Organizer
Organize your collection of hats, scarves, or ties with simple shower curtain rings on a hanger.

S Hooks
Finally, a way to have your towels at arms-length so you don’t have to step out of the shower dripping wet. The great thing about the S hooks, is that they’re so versatile, you can hang just about anything with a loop or hook. Get creative!

Bed Risers
And no, I’m not talking about those early risers. These are a great way to add some height to your bed frame so you can store bins and boxes underneath. They even come adjustable so you can choose the height that best fits you.

Repurpose Disinfectant Container
Instead of throwing away your empty disinfectant containers, repurpose them to store your old plastic bags, or doggie waste bags.

Tackle Box Storage
Need to find a way to store and organize your household goods? These tackle box storage containers are a great way to store your batteries, nails, screws, and more. Plus, they come with removable tabs so you can have the right fit.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you never miss a helpful video from our Apartment 101 series. We know you love your apartment and we are the apartment living experts! We will be releasing a new video every couple weeks and you don’t want to miss out on these great DIY tips, home hacks and tricks to fix common issues in your apartment. Have a request for an upcoming video? We are listening! Comment on our YouTube channel and we will try to include your idea in an upcoming video.

3
Jan 18

Holiday Highlights from Weidner!

Holidays At Weidner
Holidays At Weidner

We begin this year with a warm welcome to 2018 and some fun Weidner holiday highlights!

The Spirit of Giving

Spirit of Giving!

Weidner’s corporate office set a goal to raise $3,000 for the Forgotten Children’s Fund and not only met the goal but exceeded it! Together, the Weidner team raised a total of $4,000 which was then matched with a 100% donation by Mr. Weidner, for a total of $8,000 in charitable contributions!

The Forgotten Children’s Fund “is a volunteer organization that works to give deserving children and their families a truly Merry Christmas. With the support of Seattle community volunteers we are able to create our own North Pole where we diligently work to have Santa and his Elves deliver gifts every year.”

Thanks to all who helped with this charitable contribution and to all those who volunteer for this amazing organization!

Creating Community During the Holidays

Town Center Apartment Homes Christmas Tree Decoration

At Weidner, it’s important to us that our residents feel a sense of community. We strive to make each resident feel like not only are they are a part of their Weidner communities but also part of the Weidner family! This year, at Town Centre Apartment Homes in Eagan, MN, residents were invited to the Community Room to decorate ornaments for a soaring 12-foot Christmas tree as part of one of our Weidner holiday events. Residents took pride in decorating, personalizing, and placing their ornament on the tree which is now proudly on display as the official Town Centre Community Tree.

Covington Balcony Decorations

At The Covington, located in Bloomington, MN, the Weidner staff created a unique interactive holiday event that featured a Balcony Decorating Contest. The friendly holiday competition consisted of 30 gorgeous entries and now the community is illuminated with abundant holiday cheer and perhaps, the smallest snowman in the state of MN!

The Ondine Door Decoration

At the Ondine apartments in Kirkland, WA, residents participated in a “Deck the Halls” door decoration contest. Everyone from Rudolph to the Seattle Seahawks was featured and the winners of this fun Weidner Holiday event was announced at the Ondine’s Holiday party where yummy snacks and drinks were served.

Winterfest Race

Winterfest 5K Run

In Woodinville, WA, the Weidner team participated in the first 5k race to start Woodinville Winterfest – right through the middle of the future expansion of the Weidner property, Woodin Creek Village. The Weidner team saw plenty of participants in the race including Lauren Horton, Larry Uzzle, Rachel Larsen, & Sandra Remi. The Woodin Creek team had an impressive cheering section and also set up a booth at the Start/Finish line for all the runners. Larry Uzzle placed 38th for the men’s division and 49th overall, out of 300 participants. Congrats, Larry! A special thank you to all those who contributed to this great event!

Happy New Year, from all of us at Weidner!

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