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Happy, smiling young woman holding an American flag above her headAs the Fourth of July approaches, we reflect on the circumstances that led to the birth of our nation nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago. Though they were visionaries of their time, our forefathers never imagined the world that we live in today. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, the total population of the U.S. was merely 2.5 million (roughly the same population as Houston). Most people lived in wood-frame, single-family houses that they, or their parents, constructed with their bare hands (often with up to eight people sharing a three-room structure). Little did the founders of our country know that we would someday growing into the vast society we are today…

Array of vibrantly frosted donutsIt is finally here and it may be the most important day of the entire year. No, we are not talking about Christmas or even the Fourth of July. June 3rd is National Donut (or Doughnut) Day. Sure, you won’t see any parades, fireworks, or TV specials about this day, which is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, but you will find people lining up around the country to enjoy one of America’s favorite frosted treats. And if your apartment is in one of the following cities, you’re in luck! Your city has some of the best donuts in the country…drool on to see if your city made the cut!

AS_DrillingWe all know the joy of paying a security deposit for an apartment; and if you don’t, well, we’re jealous. But a deposit, as annoying as it is, will get refunded to you at the end of your lease! If you treat the place right. Let’s face it though: who wants that? You’re probably rolling in money, laughing at the fact that you would even want your security deposit back. If that’s the case, here are some great ways to never get that cash back. Oh, to be young and wild and free!

AS_Oklahoma-CityRelocating to Oklahoma’s capital? You’ll find that Oklahoma City is filled with plenty of adventures for you to cherish, all wrapped in deep-rooted Southern Charm. Become a part of the action and see why Oklahoma City’s is moniker “The Big Friendly” when you see these five sights.

1. Lose Yourself in the Bricktown Entertainment District

Take a stroll on the district’s brick-lined street and see why this revitalized downtown warehouse district is one of the most booming areas in the metro. Located east of downtown, it’s a destination where the city’s rousing nightlife is filled with entertainment at every corner, a hub where self-proclaimed foodies dine at some of the city’s delectable establishments, and a place where shoppers’ dreams come true. Take in all that Bricktown has to offer from a water taxi on Bricktown Canal to hitting the dance floor all night long. Don’t be surprised if you come back to the “The Brick” for more.

CORT Plaza Living Room SetWhen you retreat back home from long day, are you coming back to a place of rest? If not, a little feng shui may be the answer. Start with the room that welcomes you home – the living room. Here are 6 simple ways you can achieve balance in your living room with your furniture rental pieces.

1. Stay organized and clutter-free
A living room that is clean and clutter-free is a good foundation of feng shui. Little things lying around the living room aren’t just an eyesore; they disturb the balance of the room. Solution: Use a cocktail table with drawers (think the Union Square Cocktail Table) and give small items like remote controls a new home so they’re out of sight and off your mind.

AS_Cleaning-FurnitureIf you are renting furniture for your home, or looking at furniture rental as an option for the future, take a look at these simple steps to keep your rented furniture looking as good as new.

Cover it up

Your dining room or kitchen table is most often the site of gatherings with family and friends, and thus susceptible to spills and scrapes. In order to keep your wood table looking its best, consider using a tablecloth or placemats when you’re enjoying a meal. If an accident happens and someone spills a glass, be sure clean up the spill immediately.

Location, location, location

Minneapolis, MinnesotaWhether you’re enduring a freeze or a flurry of flora, Uptown Minneapolis is the perfect place to explore in every season. Here are 4 things you can’t miss in this marvelous Midwestern neighborhood.

  1. Once Upon a Crime Mystery Books

Lovers of true crime and classic whodunnits alike shouldn’t miss this little underground bookshop in the heart of Uptown. Peruse the 800-square-foot front room loaded with everything from perennial bestsellers to local authors. If you don’t mind a little dust, ask about the bookstore’s annex, where you’ll find vintage copies and first editions of more favorites.

  1. Icehouse MPLS

apartment with furnitureIt seems like no matter how careful you are with your one-bedroom apartment‘s furniture, something is bound to cause a little damage. Whether it’s the process of moving, the presence of puppies, or the perils of popsicles, life happens and your furniture can get caught in the crossfire.

So how can you keep your furniture looking like new? Here are 5 do-it-yourself ideas for the renter who wants to take matters into their own crafty hands.