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31
Jul 18

Summer Workout Tips to Stay Cool and Fit!

Workout

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!

 

 

 

26
Jul 18

Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool Without the AC!

Stay Cool

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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-
  7. 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.)
  8. Cook outside. Take up the art of grilling and avoid cooking indoors whenever possible. See our Grilling Tips blog for some tasty tidbits!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

-The Weidner Team

 

 

26
Jul 18

Weidner Apartment Homes Partners with Colorado Springs Switchbacks Stadium

Colorado Springs Switchbacks

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.

 

25
Jul 18

Hitting the Trail – 10 Tips for Hikers

Hiking

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Have fun and share your photos with us at #LifeatWeidner! We love adventure!

-The Weidner Team

23
Jul 18

Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas – Wisconsin

Summer Bucketlist

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.

Ziplining

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!

 ~The Weidner Team

18
Jul 18

Grill Mastery – Tips for Summer Grilling

Summer Grilling

It seems there’s one in every family – that person who claims to be the “Grill Master!” They have a special barbecue apron, an impressive collection of marinades and spice rubs and possess an uncanny amount of knowledge about internal food temperatures. Not to take away from their claim to fame, but we thought it might be nice to offer some grilling tips to help the rest of us compete for this coveted title!

  • Clean the grill. As unglamorous as that sounds, it’s the first step to grill mastery. Dirty grills are not only bad for your health, they prevent foods from cooking evenly. Try these go-to tips for cleaning a gas or charcoal grill from The Spruce Eats.
  • Choose the right cuts of meat. Not every cut of meat or type of fish is ideal for grilling. For beef, grill chefs prefer the fattier cuts of meat including rib-eye, flat iron, and t-bone. For fish – swordfish, salmon, and tuna rank among the top favorites for their density and flavor. Delicate fish like sole and tilapia can be challenging to cook over an open flame, so make sure to use specialized grilling pans for them.
  • Avoid flipping, flattening, and moving foods around. The secret behind grilling is to sear the outside so the inside remains juicy and flavorful. Constant flipping, flattening and moving foods around can cause moisture and flavor loss.
  • Marinades can transform an ordinary cut of meat, fish, or poultry into a thing of culinary beauty. Try some of these combinations from Sunset Magazine.
  • Grilling isn’t just for meats, fish, and poultry. Grilled corn, peaches, zucchini and even pizzas are making their way to the grill in droves. Try some of these recipes from Cooking Light. Who knew there was a Watermelon Pizza?!
  • Let’s talk gadgets. From grill mats to instant-read digital thermometers, this list of 50 Best Grilling Gadgets from Family Living Today will have you competing for the Grill Master title in no time. For an old-school gadget, make sure to keep a spray bottle of water nearby for flare-ups unless you like your meat intentionally charred. (True Grill Masters will know that charred look was not intentional.)

Whether you consider yourself a novice or master, head out to your community grilling area and get cooking! It’s a great way to eat healthier and an excuse to have people over so that you can all enjoy the food. Share your tips and recipes with us at #LifeatWeidner! Happy summer grilling!

-The Weidner Team

 

17
Jul 18

Phoenix Fun in the Summer – Things to Do!

Things to do

Summer is a time filled with fun, sun and making memories. For our Phoenix residents, summer means hitting the golf course or going out for a hike at Camelback Mountain – but one thing is for certain – there’s plenty of cool, summer fun to be had in Phoenix. Here’s a sampling of our top picks:

  • Resorts! Phoenix and the surrounding area are known for offering some of the finest resorts in the country. From lounging poolside with your favorite beverage to spa treatments, to special events, Phoenix resorts offer a great local escape. For more information, view Travel and Leisure, citing 7 luxury resorts to choose from.
  • Desert Botanical Garden. It’s often said there’s nothing like the tranquil beauty of the desert. At Desert Botanical Garden, you can experience that beauty firsthand along 5 thematic trails featuring cacti, succulents, and wildflowers. There are also classes, workshops, guided tours, and scheduled events that run throughout the year.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is a quick drive from downtown Phoenix and features an impressive collection of modern art along with some interactive exhibits. The Arizona Natural History Museum is also a great escape and offers fun interactive events and tours for the whole family. What a great way to stay cool – and mentally engaged!
  • Tempe Town Lake feels like its own little vacation spot in the middle of the desert. Walk along the 2-mile parameter, have lunch, or take a little boat ride. There’s also some 40 events scheduled each year at this little desert oasis.
  • Let’s talk shopping. Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale offer casual to upscale shopping where you can not only escape the summer heat but stay trendy. Check out Shopping Destinations in Phoenix: From Vintage Thrifting to Upscale Chic from 10Best.com.

Of course, if you really don’t feel like venturing out in the heat, you can always staycation by the pool right there at home in your Weidner community! Share your favorite summer attractions with us at #LifeatWeidner.

-The Weidner Team

 

12
Jul 18

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cool This Summer!

Keeping Your Pet Cool

Our furry friends need to stay cool during heat waves just like we do. This summer, keep your pets cool, healthy, and happy with these tips and reminders:

  • Keep pets from overheating by recognizing the symptoms. According to the ASPCA, “The symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” It’s a good idea to check in with your veterinarian, as some breeds of cats and dogs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than others.
  • Walk your dog when it’s cooler outside – in the morning and evening. Avoid walking your dog on the hot pavement. Remember that their bodies are closer to the ground, so they absorb more heat from the pavement, not to mention the asphalt can burn their paw pads. Grass and dirt trails are better for summer walks or try grassy bark parks. Pets will naturally seek shade and pant when they’re overheated, so if they are sprawled out on the kitchen floor while you’re trying to cook your lunch, that’s a good indication they’re trying to stay cool.
  • Never leave pets in a hot car, even with the windows cracked. The internal temperature of a car can escalate very quickly and cause your pet to suffer a heat stroke. As fun as it is to include them in our outings, sometimes it’s better to leave them at home in the air-conditioned house on a hot day.
  • Make sure they have plenty of water. While this may seem pretty basic, pets become dehydrated much faster on a hot day and might lap up their water faster than usual. Also, don’t forget to carry a portable water bowl with you on trips with plenty of extra water on hand for your pet. Amazon carries a variety of pet travel bowls.
  • Do leave your air conditioning on for your pets. Domesticated pets rely on us to provide them with most of their comforts, including keeping your apartment cool. While they will naturally seek cooler places in the home to hang out in, they do need consistent temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can be challenging for inside pets and can cause discomfort.
  • Don’t throw your pet in the water. Not every breed of pet acclimates to water the same way and throwing them in the water or chasing them down with a hose can cause undue stress. Consider filling up a kiddie pool with water and let them seek it out if they so desire. Of course, some breeds like Labs are a different story. Typically, a lab will lead you to the water and insist you stay there all day, no matter what the temperature outside is! In general, the better you know your pet’s style, breed, and unique needs, the better their health will be in any season.
  • Trim, don’t shave fur – unless recommended by your veterinarian. The layers underneath a pet’s coat help protect them from extreme weather, including heat and sunburn. Keep their fur trimmed and groomed and brush them often, but shaving a pet won’t protect them from heat exposure.
  • Counteract the heat blues with some new tricks! If the heat wave has your dog becoming lethargic from lack of exercise, try teaching them a new trick. Mental stimulation will help them from getting bored and can keep them from acting out.  Check out these 33 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors!

We wish you and your furry friends a safe and happy summer. Stay cool out there!

-The Weidner Team

 

9
Jul 18

5 Summer Bucket List Ideas: Minnesota

Summer Bucket List

Summertime is among us and that means much more than warmer weather and longer days.  It’s time to create your bucket list and get moving on checking things off. Get started on creating memories, trying something new, and being around the ones you love! Summer offers the opportunity to take part in tons of fun and exciting activities. If you’re not sure what you should venture into this summer don’t worry. We have tons of great summer bucket list ideas that we know you’ll love.

Road Trip!

Take one! There is no better time to explore everything Minnesota has to offer than in the summertime. The Great River Road is along the Mississippi River and allows you to see the whole state! This is a 565-mile drive so there will be plenty of things to see and do. Make sure to prepare yourself (and your car) for this adventure. Start by taking your car in for a checkup. You want to be certain your car can handle the drive. Next, check the weather! You should have the necessary gear to handle cold, heat and wet-weather. Lastly, bring a camera to capture memories and plenty of snacks because that’s part of the fun while on the road! 

Go Chasing Waterfalls

Hands down, one of the top things to do in Minnesota is chasing waterfalls. The one at the top of our list this summer is Minnehaha Falls! This beautiful waterfall is located in Minnehaha Park, one of Minneapolis’ most popular parks. This waterfall is a site to see and the hike with all its striking wilderness makes for a perfect summer afternoon adventure.  It’s a summer bucket list must!

Become a Barbecue Master

As soon as summer hits you can literally smell the barbecue in the air. If you’re someone who enjoys good barbecue, learning some new recipes is a must-have on your summer bucket list. Barbecuing has come along way from just throwing meat on the grill and letting it char.  If you want to impress the crowd, try something new and exciting next time you fire up the grill. The Food Network shares a number of tasty barbecue recipes you just have to try. Head to the nearest grill and take your skill to a new level. Your friends and family can be your food guinea pigs. We’re sure they won’t mind!

Head To A Concert/Festival

It’s summer so the chances that one of your favorite artists are performing in Minnesota via tour or festival is very high. There is an abundance of shows and performances going on during summer so you can fill your bucket list with as many of them as you would like. Surround yourself with the amazing energy of fellow fans and supporters while having the time of your life. Take tons of pictures and remember to enjoy yourself!

Change It Up A Bit

Summer is a great time to mix things up and redecorate around your home, so add it to your summer list. If you’re in an apartment you can change up your color theme by adding new decorative pieces. If you own your home, try painting an accent wall to accompany your new decor. The new look will bring in new energy and can even be therapeutic while you’re doing it. When you’re finished you can throw a nice party or get together and showcase your hard work. Enjoy as everyone gushes about your newly updated digs!

Summer is a time for fun, growth, and making fond memories and your summer bucket list should reflect that. Do the things that make you happy and make it a summer you won’t forget!

-The Weidner Team

3
Jul 18

How to Host Your Own 4th of July Party!

4th of July

Fireworks shows, parades, and the wafting smells of barbecues filling the air – the 4th of July is almost here! This year, instead of traveling to celebrate Independence Day, we thought we’d put together a few tips for hosting your own 4th of July in the comfort of your own home!

Décor: Red, White & Blue Everything

You can’t have enough red, white, and blue at a 4th of July party. For those of you who enjoy crafting, Martha Stewart has some great craft ideas ranging from colorful placemats to a “monument” cake stand. Even the dog gets to party in a festive, hand-made collar. For those of you who’d rather get your supplies in a ready-made package, try Party City, Amazon, or Target.

Festive Foods and Drinks

Nature gives us a little bit to work with for keeping up with the red, white and blue theme. Make a fruit salad out of red berries, watermelon, blueberries, and jicama. Or, get the food coloring out and try some of these festive recipes from Tablespoon, ranging from Firecracker Cake to American Style Italian Sodas.

Perhaps one of the most common traditions of 4th of July is the barbecue. The days of throwing a few slabs of meat on the grill are gone. Nowadays, there are cookbooks and entire cooking shows devoted to the art of grilling meats, vegetables, and even some fruits – to perfection. Test out some of these barbecue recipes from Chowhound or Southern Living. Southern Living, you had us at Barbecued Deviled Eggs!

Party Games

From a game of tag to an Uncle Sam hat competition, to a good old-fashioned water balloon toss, here are 21 party games to choose from to keep you and your guests entertained. Or keep it simple, and opt for some laughs and conversation by the pool. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

A Friendly Reminder – Fireworks are Not Permitted on the Property!

As a friendly reminder, fireworks of any kind are not permitted at Weidner Apartment Home communities. Check your local listings for firework shows and events, arts and music festivals, parades and other festivities to round out your perfect 4th of July holiday.

From all of us at Weidner, have a safe and happy 4th of July!

-The Weidner Team

 

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