As the sunlit days of summer start to shrink, it’s a good time to revisit safety tips and safety gear for those after-dinner walks, runs, and bike rides.
Invest in reflective outerwear. Reflective wear is the first line of defense in low-lit conditions. For the dog, invest in a safety vest and beacon light. For yourself, you’ll find a great variety of reflective gear from vests to wrist and ankle bands to hats and tennis shoes at stores like REI, Amazon, and ReflectiveApparel.com.
Stay in well-populated areas. Switch up your after-dark exercise routine to well-populated areas that are also well lit. Consider taking dance classes at night or adding the indoor mall to your favorite “trail.”
Tell someone where you’re going. Let at least one person know where you’re headed. Venturing out in nature alone is great for the quiet and calm, but could cause loved ones the exact opposite if they’re worried about your safety.
Be aware of your surroundings. Assess your surroundings and notice when something feels “off” or out of place. Your intuition is finely tuned when you listen to it, so enjoy, but stay aware.
Install a safety app on your phone. Safety apps aren’t foolproof, but they can add an extra layer of protection for you. Check out this recent report by Techlicious.com.
Don’t listen to music while walking, running, or biking alone. It’s one thing to listen to your favorite workout playlist when you’re at the gym, but when you’re out for a walk or run alone, make sure you’re giving yourself every safety advantage by staying alert and aware.
Organize a neighborhood fitness night. There’s safety in numbers! Invite some friends and neighbors to join you in an after-hours basketball game, neighborhood walks, silent disco party, or softball.
Do you have a safety tip you want to share with the Weidner community? Let us know at #LifeatWeidner.
As with all emergencies, fires don’t discriminate. They also don’t send an embossed invitation asking you to prepare, but we know from experience that preparation plays a huge role in the prevention of such an emergency. With the recent wildfires raging on the West Coast, we thought it would be a good time to touch on a few fire safety reminders.
Make sure your smoke alarm is in good working order. Test it frequently. If you are unsure how to test your smoke/carbon dioxide alarm, please check in with your community leasing office and maintenance supervisor. The National Fire Protection Association shares some great tips on smoke alarms.
Have an escape plan. Know where the nearest exit is that leads to an open, safe area, away from the building. Review the plan with each member of your household. If you are unsure what the best escape route is, check with your leasing office.
Mind these safety tips:
Don’t place space heaters near drapery or any materials, including couches, chairs, or rugs. Pay special attention to the package instructions and use the appropriate and recommended electrical outlets. A 3-feet clearance area is recommended. Do not plug space heaters into an extension cord.
Use surge protectors for all appliances. Any appliance cords that are frayed or worn should not be used.
Do not store kerosene, propane, or other combustible materials inside your apartment home.
Don’t run cords underneath rugs.
Don’t leave candles unattended, ever.
Don’t leave your apartment while anything is cooking on the stove or in the oven.
Keep your oven and stove clean and free of grease spills.
Clean the lint filter of your dryer often.
Follow the safety rules when operating your fireplace and alert your community maintenance staff if there are any concerns.
First, call 911! If at all possible, before you embark on any kind of heroic measures like putting the fire out yourself with a fire extinguisher, call 911. They are equipped to handle the emergency and should be notified first.
Invest in a fire extinguisher and understand how to use it. Fire extinguishers aren’t much good if you don’t know how to use them. Above all, don’t stay to “fight the fire” if it is not safe to do so. This article gives a step-by-step guide of understanding the classification of a fire, the correct fire extinguisher to use, and this helpful acronym: P.A.S.S., meaning, Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side. Again, do not attempt to put out a fire if it is not safe to do so. Call 911 first!
Invest in renter’s insurance. Nothing has a higher value than your life and the lives of your loved ones. For your personal item, there’s renter’s insurance, which we strongly recommend in the case of all emergencies. Check with your local providers for price and service comparisons.
As always, your safety, well-being, and happiness is our primary concern at Weidner. Please communicate with us if you have any safety questions, concerns, or suggestions.
As back-to-school week looms large, so does the need for some last-minute socializing to add to the “What I Did This Summer” story! Here are a few ideas to help celebrate these last few days of summer vacation:
Resident party with the neighbors. Reserve the resident lounge or clubhouse at your apartment community, and invite your neighbors! Have everyone bring their own specialty dish and a few of their favorite games and let the festivities begin!
Gather some friends and indulge in a movie marathon. Whether you escape the heat in the comfort of your own home with your favorite streaming service, or you buy your movie theatre tickets in bulk, movie marathons are a fun way to gather, relax, and catch up on those summer blockbusters.
Take your party to the nearest amusement park or county fair. Ride the rides, play the games, eat the cotton candy and take selfies galore in front of the clown mirror.
Host an overnighter and invite everyone to bring their favorite dish. Add to the fun by adding a kitchen contest to it, i.e. the best cupcake, the best appetizer, the best sushi roll.
Create and host a Treasure Hunt. Today’s Parent has “11 Tips for Organizing an Awesome Treasure Hunt.” These 11 tips can easily be adjusted for adults by increasing the difficulty of the items and locations.
Host a family reunion and create a time capsule with all of your favorite summer memories and “predictions” for the year to come. Store it somewhere safe and open it up next summer. Then, do it again!
Get to a waterpark one last time! Nothing says summer like a bunch of squealing kids – and adults – heading down a slippery slope at breakneck speed.
Head to the beach and host a gourmet picnic. Who says picnics mean “roughing it?” Try these gourmet picnic ideas out from Dirty Gourmet and enjoy with some sun, surf, family, and friends.
Host your own Chili Cook-Off competition. Get the word out to friends and family, then select a panel of 3 or more judges for the blind tasting, then…start cooking! Whoever wins the taste contest, wins the prize. The prize could be cooking-related, or back-to-school related, or just something silly like a gnome that will now live on the winner’s deck until the next chili challenge.
From all of us at Weidner, we wish you a safe and happy return to the school “routine!” Share your back-to-school social ideas with us at #LifeatWeidner.
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!
Share your back-to-school pics with us at #LifeatWeidner.