Thanksgiving is a day that you should be thankful for and celebrate with good food, good friends and great cocktails. But don’t forget about your holiday décor, by creating an amazing centerpiece (since the dinner table IS the center of the holiday.) Turn your apartment into a turkey day celebration by crafting up on of these lovely centerpieces.
Use your Halloween pumpkin to create this little beauty.
Is this a centerpiece or an appetizer? Both! And it’s awesome.
Flowers and squash never looked so good!
Elaborate and tasteful.
Minimal yet sheik.
Don’t want to do centerpieces this year, no problem… Here are step-by-step instructions for these awesome DIY Thanksgiving Place cards.
“Door busting” bargains have already begun to start the suspense leading up to Black Friday – a one day “party” where retail giants give deep discounts to consumers in efforts to win their holiday business. But why wait in all those lines to save a penny when you can do it with the click of a button?! Yep that’s right, enjoy your day after Thanksgiving and shop online. Online deals are no longer left for Cyber Monday, which now, pretty much start on Black Friday!
Here are some awesome deals you can expect at these shopping fiestas:
Amazon “says” they are keeping their offers under wraps but they have already started the discounting party with their Black Friday Deals Countdown Event where you can find deep discounts all week long. And p.s. last year this giant eRetailer rolled out 42 Cyber Monday Deals on Thanksgiving so be prepared. Here is a sneak peek of what is expected on Black Friday -- be warned, that they will be releasing deals every ten minutes. Still want to wait for Cyber Monday, keep checking their Cyber Monday Deals Week for their deal release.
Target has already begun their sale with their Pre-Black Friday event, but are going to go out with a bang with deep discounts on all your favorite gadgets, even iProducts. If you are going to face the trenches and head into the store, make sure you map. your. doorbusting. and prepare for battle or get on their cyber. week. peek. email list so you are in-the-know on all their online deals as they are announced.
Best Buy is not speaking a word about their Cyber Monday deals but they have some rock’n discounts on Black Friday that include Nikon Digital Camera, Kindle Fire, 50”LED HDTV and more. View a list of all their deals in your area.
Rated number two for having the best Cyber Monday, Walmart will be digging deep into their pockets and offering tablets galore for penny’s, including: Nextbook 7”, RAC 7”, Visual Land Connect 7”, XELIO 9” and Aspen 7”. Not to mention, they will have hundreds of other technology goodies that you will be dying to put under the Christmas tree. View a list of Walmarts Black Friday Deals.
Whether you decide to battle the crowds or shop online, either way you’re going to get amazing deals and save a lot of cha-ching -- just be ready and know what you want because the deals will be going fast! Happy shopping!
Yikes -- Thanksgiving is fast-approaching! Perhaps you've been invited to celebrate with friends and family or you're hosting an epic feast in your swanky apartment. Either way, chances are you'll want to show off your culinary prowess and that means "Pinterest!"
Thanksgiving is a hot topic on Pinterest right about now, but with so many oh-la-la ideas, we want to encourage you to approach your project with caution to avoid an epic Pinterest Fail.
Just because it's on Pinterest doesn't mean it's going to be:
- Easy breezy to bake
Check out these Pinterest Fails and make sure anything you attempt comes with a step-by-step YouTube video tutorial.
Expectation: Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Frosting
Reality: Heinous Pumpkin Blob
Culprit: This badboy was wayyyyy overcooked and dried out, also the frosting goes on the inside?
ProTip: Be sure your oven temperature is accurate, use a digital thermometer for any projects requiring elite baking skills.
Expectation: Apple Pies Baked in Apples
Reality: Apple Blobs
Culprit: We asked around and apparently, there's no way this recipe will work. The convection required to cook a pastry crust will heat the apple to a blob-like state. Apparently, this is a Pinterest Lie. (Thanks Internet!)
ProTip: Do not attempt.
Expectation: Veggie Turkey Tray
Reality: Aesthetically-Challenged Quasi-Turkey
Culprit: You need a good paring knife and about, oh 9 hours of time to really get the detail you need. Also there is tons of layering involved, and I'm not sure about you, but even the Pinterest "money shot" is pretty awful.
ProTip: Call Whole Foods, order a veggie tray. Looks good huh?
Expectation: Too-Cute Turkey Cookies
Reality: Sad Face Chicken Cookie
Culprit: Obviously, swapping M&M's for candy corn was a fail. But the most obvious? Let the cookies cool before you decorate them. No-brainer.
ProTip: Save candy corns from Halloween, go to Yoga class while cookies cool.
So remember, always view Pins with a skeptical eye. Some things on Pinterest are simply not worth the destruction to your inner chi. If you're going to do a lot of baking this season, invest in a digital thermometer. Test all your apartment appliances and submit a service request online if we can make any fixes for you. And if all else fails, order Whole Foods catering online.
Winter is in full swing (in most parts of the US) and it’s important to make sure your apartment is prepped and ready for the cold months ahead. To make sure you don’t freeze this winter, follow our checklist to winterize your apartment.
HVAC Check. First and most importantly, test your heating system to make sure it is working properly before the temperature drops to unbearable temperatures. Note: when turning on your heater for the first time after the summer, you may encounter a burnt scent, do not be alarmed, this is normal and will dissipate once your heater gets going.
Keep the Heater Running. When winter is in full swing in your neck of the woods keep your heater running. By keeping your heater set between 60-75 degrees will help prevent your HVAC from overworking and a possible shut down. Our recommendation is to maintain 66 degrees during the winter months.
Keep your Pipes from Freezing. To prevent your pipes from freezing during extremely cold temperatures, keep your apartment faucets running at a slow drip.
Preparing for winter is important; you do not want to run into a faulty heater and have to double up the blankets until maintenance arrives. If your apartment needs work completed before the next storm hits, submit your service request online 24/7. Our friendly maintenance teams will work to resolve any routine service request within 48 hours. Learn more about our service request guarantee.
Is it just us or are the Holidays starting ultra-early this year? We heard a rumor that there are fewer shopping days this year, hence the early onslaught of Holiday decor. At The Collection at RiverPark (near The Artisan Apartment in Oxnard) the tree is already up! (We'll forgive them since they also installed an Ice Rink).
The Irvine Spectrum Center, minutes from Woodbridge Apartments in Irvine, CA also has an ice rink, and rumor has it Disney is in the mix with nightly light shows set to, wait for it -- Disney music!
Westfield UTC (near Valentia Apartments in San Diego) will kick off the holiday season on November 16 with the lighting of their 30ft tree, Santa's arrival and special musical performance by La Jolla Country Day's middle school pep band! The San Diego Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy will make an appearance and help Santa light the tree!
Bring on the shopping!
We would like to congratulate the winner of Valentia Apartments 2013 Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest, Mrs. Niki for looking fabulous in her Bumble Bee costume. Niki received a $100 gift card to Petco where she will be spoiled silly with her doggie favorites.
If you are looking for a pet-friendly apartment community in San Diego, stop by Valentia Apartments. Not only are the apartments a favorite amongst pooches of all sizes, but humans too!
Dining out is one of life's great pleasures. A meal shared with friends and family means good food, good conversation and good vibes (hopefully). With this in mind, we present to you our guide to the best places to dine in the Denver, CO area. You won't find the trendiest or must-wait-three-weeks-for-a-table eateries on this blog, for that list, check out Eater: Denver. What you will find are restaurants in the Highlands Ranch, Meridian and DTC areas we think make the cut. So if you're new to the area, or just looking for a new place to scope, read on.
Old Blinking Light - Taos, New Mexico cuisine, chic atmosphere. Great date spot.
Lansdowne Arms - A great pub to chill and relax. Bonus, happy hour all day Monday. Which, judging by the number of exclamation points in this Tweet, they are excited about.
CRAVE - O.M.G. Burgers. Delicious burgers. No joke.
Earl's - Located at Park Meadows, Earl's infuses soul into everything they do. It's obvious. The decor is chic, the food is beyond amazing. Check it out.
John Holly's - Located in Lone Tree. The creative Asian menu provides nothing less than the culinary equivalent of an exotic adventure.
CRU - CRU demystifies the world of wine, they keep it cool, and make hundreds of wines accessible to you in an elegant, casually hip environment.
Larkburger - Another rockin' burger locale. Larkburger is a burger you behold. Down to the last detail. It looks as delicious as it tastes. Behold:
Jing - Jing is "Essence." An extraordinary new concept by restauranteur Charlie Huang, Jing offers the best of modern Chinese in an intimate setting.
Tavern - Tavern Tech Center offers a warm environment featuring intimate dinning areas, fireplaces with cozy furniture in addition a large centerpiece bar with plenty of HD TV's to catch all the action.
Looking for more? We've got you covered, or...pinned. Check out Devour It: DENVER, our Pinterest board featuring more hot spots in South Denver.
Just because your pet doesn’t have opposable thumbs doesn’t mean they should be left out in the cold this trick-or-treating season. Grab your favorite four-legged friend the purfect pet costume at Party City or create your own with Martha Stewart’s step-by-step instructions.
Here are some of our favorite pet costumes of the season:
The spooktacular night is almost here and it’s time get your apartment frightfully decorated before the trick-or-treaters come-a-knocking. Here are quick tips to creating the perfect Halloween ambiance at your door, to make it fun for all the ghoul and goblins that you encounter on this eerrriii night.
Spooky and fun decor
Whether your apartment has a private front patio entry like our Dublin apartments or
you live in a more urban setting, Martha Stewart offers great hair-raising outside décor that will add a creepy touch to any landscape - the perfect décor is only a craft night away!
A touch of dry ice
Update your jack-o-lanterns look this year by replacing the ever-so-ordinary candle with some dry ice to make your pumpkin the spookiest at your apartment community – here’s how.
Creep up the music
Looking for something not too ghoulish but with plenty of creep, adding the Scary Sounds of Halloween will do just the trick! A touch of howling beasts and a pinch of creaking doors will be the perfect mixture to strike fear into the hearts of your apartment trick-or-treaters.
With an unbeatable Mediterranean climate, ample employment centers and something for everyone, Orange County is one of those places that is almost too good to be true. If you’re relocating to OC, (“The OC” is a term despised by locals) here’s your guide to the various cities you might want to check out.
Starting at one of the most southern points of OC is Dana Point; home of Seabrook at Bear Brand Apartments. Dana Point features a relaxed vibe due to its small-town feel and waterfront topography. Dana Point features surf culture, great schools and plenty of boutiques and restaurants. Dana Point Harbor is a popular locale as is the world-famous Doheney State Beach. Check out the variety of rental townhomes and flats available at Seabrook.
Working our way up north is the charming city of Laguna Niguel; home of Seaside at Laguna Heights apartments. Laguna Niguel is a popular destination for families as it features excellent schools, plenty of parks and proximity to services and amenities which make life easier. Seaside at Laguna Heights is a charming community of Cape Cod style apartments showcasing one and two bedroom floor plans.
Sharing a border with Laguna Niguel is the city of Aliso Viejo. This young, vibrant city features major employers such as Dell, UPS, Bausch+Lomb, PacificLife and Flour Daniel. Aliso Town Center is the city’s hub and is the location of City Lights at Town Center Apartments.
North of Aliso Viejo is the city of Irvine. Irvine is a thriving metropolis with over 200,000 residents, yet you’d never know it since the city is divided into distinct “villages.” Each village has been carefully planned to afford residents a superb quality of life. Irvine public schools are some of the highest-rated in the nation. If you decide to call Irvine home, check out Woodbridge apartments. These apartments are located near the 5, 405 and 133 freeways and feature access to the many amenities of the Woodbridge Village Association.
A short drive further north brings you to our Fountain Valley apartment home communities; Corte Bella and Crystal Springs. Fountain Valley is a great place to live and is known as a family-friendly city. It is located in close proximity to Huntington Beach and also features a laid-back vibe with convenient access to Los Angeles County.
Regardless of which location you call home, every Shea Apartment Living community features gorgeous landscaping, amenities and top-tier customer service, making rental life easy and convenient.