Labor Day has been a national holiday for a long time, since President Grover Cleveland signed it into law in 1894 in fact. This celebration of workers started as much more than the three-day, shopping extravaganza and un-official end of the summer season that we know it as today though. In its early days, the celebration of Labor Day was a celebration of a job well done by America’s workforce. From factory workers to industrial laborers, the booming growth of American prosperity meant lots of hard hours in often challenging conditions. The unions fought hard for this time, which would be set aside each year, to allow for a moment of pause. It was a chance to look around, see what had been accomplished, and celebrate a job well done. Read the rest of this entry »
Independence Day falls on a Monday this year. That means it’s time to prepare yourself for a 3-day weekend crammed full of the sunniest, ice creamiest (and dare we say) booziest summer fun imaginable! And this year there’s no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Atlanta, Georgia. Sure, the experts at the Travel Channel named Atlanta the number one destination for fireworks in the United States, but there’s more to the perfect 4th of July weekend than high quality pyrotechnics. We’re talking about food, music, parties, enjoying nature, and celebrating American history: Atlanta has it all. Whether you are the outdoorsy type or strictly an urban explorer, we’ve got your perfect 4th of July weekend all planned out… Read the rest of this entry »
Apple pie, baseball, and pyrotechnics – the epitome of American pastimes! America’s birthday is coming up and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some great food, maybe some live music, but especially with a great fireworks show. And while the Macy’s Firework Show in New York City may be America’s largest Independence Day firework display, it’s certainly not the only one! From coast to coast, check out these hot spots for fireworks that’ll have you packing for a weekend road trip in no time. Read the rest of this entry »
From Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day to National Popcorn Day (yes, those are two “real” American holidays), there’s always something to celebrate in the good ol’ U-S of A. Few other days, though, are as important as National Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May.
Thanks to the efforts of President Harry Truman and Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service. On May 21, join your community in saying “Thank You” to service men and women near or far, with one of these five creative ideas! Read the rest of this entry »
National Pie Day – January 23 – is nearly upon us and who doesn’t love pie? The four most popular American pies hail from these four great cities, so here is a little more about what apartment living in these cities is like:
Home of the Boston Cream Pie, Boston is also known for its art and history as well as its sports teams. Apartment dwellers here can go to the famous Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox play whenever they want. This city also has fabulous public transportation – the MBTA – and is known for its top schools and healthcare. In addition, this is a wonderful city for foodies, with top-rated restaurants such as La ‘Espeliar and Atlantic Fish Company. Thanks to its significant Irish population, Boston sports a number of fantastic pubs within walking distance from apartment buildings and near public transportation.
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This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we celebrate the expansive variety of ages, cultures and backgrounds of all Americans. The apartment industry, especially, provides fair and equal housing to all persons, regardless of factors like age, race or sex. There really is an apartment for every demographic group and every life situation, including:
The new Baby Boomers don’t just sit around the apartment after their children move out. Instead, they are increasingly choosing urban apartments, where they can walk or bike to enjoy restaurants, shopping, plays and other activities.
The children of Baby Boomers, or Generation X, are very practical, self-reliant and independent. They know that it makes financial sense to rent an apartment versus home ownership – where maintenance and repair expenses are constant. Generation X is also a very social group, and apartments allow them the freedom to spend time with their friends.
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The top 10 list of U.S. cities to celebrate Independence Day this year is out! WalletHub determined its ranking based on how well these cities balance the expenses residents pay to celebrate the holiday, versus how much fun they can have in each city. Apartment residents in these esteemed cities already know that they are great places to not only have fun, but also to live and work. Read the rest of this entry »
On Monday, September 1, our Nation pauses for a moment to celebrate Labor Day. For most people, this is simply a day off of work. But in all actuality, it is a celebration of the American Worker. It is on this day that we honor the contributions that the U.S. work force has made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We celebrate the blue collars, the white collars, all of the business professionals, and we celebrate apartments. For it is apartments that house our nation’s workforce.
From part-time college students to hourly workers on an assembly line, and to waiters, waitresses, and bartenders, we honor those professions that call apartments home. And it is not limited to the previously mentioned hard-working hourly jobs. Sales professionals, salaried office staff, and corporate executives choose apartments as their preferred lifestyle as well. In fact, there are 19.3 million apartment homes with approximately 34.6 million apartment residents, comprised of Americans from every walk of life. And the factors for which they choose the apartment lifestyle are as diverse as the people themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
So, your family is coming to your new apartment for the holidays? We understand that this is a very exciting, yet daunting moment for you. There can be a lot of pressure on you to host the perfect holiday celebration. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of a few things to keep in mind when planning this year’s festivities.
1) Don’t Wait To Clean!
The last thing that you want to worry about on your big day, when you have a million other things to think about, is cleaning up your bathroom or steam cleaning the carpets. That is why it is important to do all of the major cleaning at least few days ahead of time.
2) Make the Dinner a Potluck
If you have a large family, where every extended family member joins you on holidays, then it can be pretty difficult to cook for everyone. Choose a few main dishes, like the turkey and green bean casserole, to make yourself and then divvy out the other dishes to the other family members.
3) DIY: Decorating It Yourself
If you want your apartment to exude holiday cheer, but are on a budget, you can make your own holiday decorations. This is not only an inexpensive way to decorate, but it’s also a fun activity. In fact, you can make creating decorations a fun family or friend bonding event. Just get together a few weeks before the holidays and get decorating!
4) Don’t Forget to Have Fun
This is the most important part! The holiday season is about spending time with your family and friends, while being thankful for all of the wonderful things in your life. If something doesn’t go as planned, remember that everything will be ok. Your loved ones will be happy just to be spending time with you. They’ll have memories of the great time they had with you, not of the slight imperfections in the day.
By keeping these things in mind, your holiday hosting is sure to be a success. For more apartment living tips, keep an eye on our Apartment Living blog.
Not all apartments are created equal when it comes to clearing space for guests. Even though your apartment search may have turned up the apartment that’s just right for you, maybe it’s a little too cozy for a family gathering; maybe the apartment’s layout is too awkward to accommodate traditional seating options; or maybe you simply don’t have enough chairs! Whatever your reason for needing a better way to seat your guests during a holiday party in your apartment, search no more for solutions. Here is ApartmentSearch.com’s guide to finding ways to comfortably seat your party guests in your apartment. Search your home or go shopping for these creative (and easy!) storage solutions.
If you’re low on space to keep extra seating, consider getting a set of stacked stools. When not in use, they can be stored under a coffee table or in a closet with ease. Likewise, you can scatter a few extra chairs, either cushy or sturdy, in nooks throughout your home. Add a personal touch to a bathroom with a low ottoman or a small armchair, or place a chair in the corner of your bedroom. Then when guests arrive, simply pull those chairs from their respective rooms and put them out for your guests.
Looking for seating ideas that don’t include traditional chairs? For the kids, get some big floor cushions out for comfy, playful seating. You can always stack them in the corner or put them under a bed when you’re not using them. You can also use a low, large upholstered ottoman as a coffee table; then, when guests arrive, clear it off so it can double as relaxed living room seating in your apartment.
Search the Apartment for More
If you don’t want to buy new seating for your apartment, search your other rooms for seating that you can repurpose. A trunk or bench sitting at the foot of a bed could be pulled up to a dining room table, while ottomans, desk chairs, and footstools in other rooms can be corralled into a central location.
Change of Location
If it’s not freezing yet and you have a few space heaters, consider moving a table of guests, or even the whole party, onto your patio, backyard, or balcony. Supply party-goers with blankets and hot chocolate so they can keep warm and have fun.
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