Summertime Fun in Reno

summertime fun in RenoIt is summertime and that means outdoor grilling time.  Your Reno apartment has so many great amenities including a barbecue and picnic area. So, why not invite a few friends or neighbors over to your Reno apartment for a summertime barbecue.  Instead of just serving up the same old burgers, dogs, and potato salad, why not try these twists on some outdoor grilling classics.

Burgers and Hot Dogs – They are a grilling staple, but instead of serving them plain, add some cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce to your burgers and split your dogs and stuff them with cheese.  To really make them special you can create a topping platter and include onions, peppers, chipotle ketchup, pickles, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, baby spinach, and other fresh vegetables or sauces.

Shrimp on the Barbie isn’t just for those down under.  Buy peeled frozen shrimp and defrost it, add garlic, butter and salt, and pepper, and cook it in tin foil. Delicious!

Potato Salad is another barbecue classic, but why not dress it up a bit.  Garden fresh scallions or radishes can really add a refreshing touch.  You can also serve the potato salad in lettuce cups for a creative and delicious twist to this summertime favorite.

Looking for a healthier dessert option?  We have the answer! Skewer some pineapple slices, or fresh peaches and plums.  Cook them on the grill and then drizzle them with caramel sauce.

Make decorating easy with matching plates and napkins.  You can fill some inexpensive mason jars or water bottles with fresh flowers.

Do you want to enjoy a barbecue without cooking? No worries, Brothers Barbecue, located on Central Street, has some of the BEST pulled pork, brisket, sausage & ribs around. 

Enjoy these great outdoor grilling tips for a relaxing evening at your Reno, Nevado apartment at Riverside Park.

 

Add Peace and Harmony to Your Reno Apartment

Reno ApartmentDuring these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to create a peaceful and harmonious living space. These decorating tips use the principles of Feng Shui to turn your Reno apartment into a calm retreat.

Go Up

According to the principles of Feng Shui, integrating vertical shapes and lines in your apartment represents growth and expansion. Add some lighting where the light travels upward. Add a tall tree to a corner. Add some tall bookshelves to your living area. Never add books to your bedroom because Feng Shui views books as “alive”.

Declutter Your Entryway

Doesn’t it make sense that the first place you see when you open your door is an important place to have good energy? In feng shui, your entryway represents the way positive energy enters your home and your life. Make sure that this area is dusted and clutter-free. Add plants and artwork and have a place to leave shoes and hang coats, leaving any negative energy outside of your apartment. 

Improve Your Apartment’s Air Flow

Good energy and airflow are important to creating good energy in your Reno apartment. Open the windows to increase airflow. Add a lamp to illuminate a dark space or place a mirror in a brighter location that reflects light to the darker area.

Add Plants

Adding plants to your apartment will add positive energy and purify the air. 

Choose these easy-to-grow and lucky plants for your apartment.

  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Rubber Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Ficus
  • Palm
  • Boston Fern
  • Philodendron
  • Spider Plant

Create a Harmonious Color Scheme

The colors in your home should blend harmoniously with the surrounding elements, both natural and manufactured, such as flowers, trees, plants, water, wood, earth, metal, and fire.

Using these basic principles of Feng Shui in your Riverside Park apartment will add harmony, peace, and balance. 

 

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Reno Apartment

Reno ApartmentSpring has sprung, time to dust off and deep clean your apartment in Reno! Put away your winter clothing, change your bed linens to something fresh and spring like. Next change up your towels in your apartment’s bathroom. 

Next take the change in season as an opportunity to de-clutter by giving away, throwing away or packing away items you no longer use. 

Now it is time to get down to the deep cleaning of your Riverside Park apartment in Reno, Nevada. Instead of using store bought cleaning products that are often filled with toxic chemicals, why not try these homemade cleaning products. 

Here is a list of some DIY products that will not only help the environment, but will keep your apartment clean and fresh.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a household staple and has been proven to clean, deodorize, brighten and cut through grease. Combine it with dish soap for a non-toxic abrasive to clean tubs, counters, sinks and more.

Castile Soap

Castile Soap is made from plant oils, cuts through grease and is an effective cleaner for stoves, counter tops and other surfaces.

Vinegar

Vinegar can be used in your Reno apartment’s bathroom or kitchen. The acidity gently eliminates grease, soap scum and grime. Simply add it to a spray bottle or mix it with Dawn. 

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice is a natural way to remove mildew, mold, cut through grease and shines many hard surfaces, plus it smells awesome! 

Lemons

Lemons can also be used to gently scrub surfaces. Cut the lemon into slices and then dip it in kosher salt. Apply the lemon and salt mixture to a glass or porcelain surface and then rinse with warm water.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil does not just taste great on salads, it also makes a great polisher for wood surfaces. Simply dampen a cloth with olive oil and rub it in circular motions on wood furniture. Let it sit and then buff it out for a great shine.

These DIY cleaning products are both good for your wallet and the environment and are the perfect way to deep clean your Reno apartment.

Ways to Make Your Reno Apartment Cozy

reno apartmentMost of us want to make our apartments inviting and comfortable, but how can you make it warm and cozy? By making a few changes to a room’s color, lighting, furniture placement, and decorative accents, you can change the mood and atmosphere of the room completely.

Here are some tips to make your Reno apartment feel warm and cozy.

Plants

Adding plants and flowers to your room is a great, inexpensive way to fill your apartment with warmth and life. Fill your apartment with potted plants, herbs, and flowers. If you do not have a green thumb, you can use faux plants and flowers to create a healthy and vibrant feel to your Riverside Park apartment

Warm Colors

Adding warm colors to your apartment can give it a cozy feeling. Choose yellow, orange, and red, all perfect for reflecting natural light, creating an atmosphere of warmth in any room. Layer different shades of the same color scheme for a stylish update to any room in your apartment in Reno.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important and easiest ways to add warmth to any room. Turn off the overhead lights and use floor and table lamps instead. 

Candles are another great way to add warmth and coziness to your apartment. Try arranging them on a mirrored tray in differing heights, turn out the lights and watch them flicker! Talk about cozy!

Textures and Fabrics

Use different fabrics and textures to warm up a room. Choose a brightly colored area rug to tie the room together. Adding plenty of throw plush pillows and cushions to chairs, and sofas adds warmth and makes your apartment feel cozier.

By following these simple steps, you will be on your way to creating warm and cozy living spaces in your Reno apartment. 

 

Make a New Year’s Resolution To Meditate

Riverside Park ApartmentAre you like most of us and break your New Year’s resolutions before March? We have one resolution that is worth keeping and might even help you keep your other resolutions – mindfulness meditation. Mindful meditation involves breathing methods and other practices to relax your body and mind. It also helps you reduce stress.

Here are some reasons to practice mindful meditation and how to set up space in your Riverside Park apartment making meditation easier.

It Might Help You Keep Your Resolutions

Mindfulness meditation has been studied as a strategy for maintaining other goals. Mindful meditation helps you stay focused and calm, which has helped with overindulging and restfulness.

It Supercharges Your Brain

Mindfulness can improve your working memory, the part of your brain that juggles temporary information. It also improves cognitive flexibility. 

It Helps you Live a Happier, Healthier Life

We all want to live happier, healthier lives. It is probably one of your resolutions. Because mindful meditation reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and promotes physical well-being, people who practice mindful meditation report living happier and more productive lives.

Creating a Meditation Space in your Reno apartment

You do not need an entire room for meditation – a corner of a room will do! Rearrange some furniture to create a space in your living room or your bedroom. Next, consider what images or objects will fit the purpose of your new meditation space. Go for a minimalist approach to decorating the space to avoid distractions. Include images of Buddha, candles, flowers, cushions, and pillows. 

Now that you know three great reasons to resolve to include mindful meditation in your daily routine and you have some tips to create a space in your Riverside Park apartment in Reno. It is time to say good riddance to 2020 and to a happier, less stressful new year.

Celebrating the Holidays in Reno

holidays in RenoIt is officially the most wonderful time of the year, and across the area, people are stringing holiday lights through tree branches, hanging wreaths, and putting elaborate displays in front of their homes and businesses. Spectacular light displays are a great way to brighten the holidays in Reno. 

Here are a few reasons we love holiday lights and some of the best holiday displays near your Reno apartment.

Do Holiday Lights Make You Happy?

The simple answer is YES! Twinkling lights and displays are joyful reminders that the holidays are around the corner. The change in your routine around the holidays is a much-welcomed break from our everyday routines.

Holiday lights and decorations help us recall our childhood memories. These decorations were followed by good food and gatherings with friends and family. 

For many of us, we get the “warm fuzzies” when looking at holiday lights and displays. 

Holiday Displays in Reno

If there ever has been a year where we needed to experience “warm fuzzies”, 2020 would be it! Here are a few of the light displays near your Riverside Park apartment.

Hidden Valley Parade of Lights

The Hidden Valley neighborhood on the east side of Reno has been celebrating the holiday with spectacular light displays, animated figures and music. 

The public is invited to come and enjoy the holiday lights.

Reno Light Display Map

Here’s a map of some of the best holiday displays near your Reno apartment. 

Downtown Reno

Downtown Reno will be decorated with lights and wreaths this year. Many businesses will be celebrating the holiday with special deals and displays.

Decorate Your Own Riverside Park Apartment

Holiday lights, twinkly lights, or stringed lights, or fairy lights, whatever you call them, they are an inexpensive way to decorate your apartment for the holidays!


Drape a string of lights over a door, on a mantle, under a glass dome or around a plant. No matter what you do, sparkling lights are sure to brighten your spirits.

 

Celebrate the holidays in Reno with bright lights, good cheer, and good health.

 

Tips For a Safe Thanksgiving in Reno

Thanksgiving in RenoThanksgiving is right around the corner, and you may be wondering how you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving in Reno this year.

The CDC is warning against large gatherings with family and friends, the key component, besides the turkey, to our holiday traditions. Before you think this Thanksgiving you will be left sulking over a bag of Brach’s Turkey Dinner Candy Corn or a container of Roasted Turkey Pringles by yourself on the couch of your Riverside Park Lifestyle apartment, we have some great tips.

Celebrate the Holiday with Family and Friends Virtually

Create an invite list Set a time to eat and have a virtual Thanksgiving meal together! Take a moment to make a toast or to share what you are thankful for! Do not forget the Thanksgiving photo. Do a Zoom selfie of the entire gang!

Scale it Back

Your guest list is likely to be much smaller than usual this year, which means you can scale your menu back a bit.  Ask guests to bring their favorite dish and to leave the recipe behind.

Eat Thanksgiving Dinner Al Fresco

You are lucky that you live in a warmer climate. Why not take advantage of the nice weather by throwing an outdoor party. It is easier for multiple families to gather at a safe distance outside, whether it is at one of the many area parks or in the BBQ area of your apartment. 

Host a Virtual Game Night

For many of us, playing board games is part of our Thanksgiving tradition. You can still keep the tradition by hosting a virtual game night. Here is a link to some great tips for hosting a virtual game night this Thanksgiving in Reno.

Take a Walk

These walking trails near your Reno apartment are the perfect way to walk off that turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy calories.

Take a Nap 

The tryptophan in turkey makes you tired, so a nice nap on Thanksgiving Day in your Reno apartment is another way to keep up your Thanksgiving traditions.

Thanksgiving in Reno may be different this year, but with a little creativity, you can have a holiday you will treasure forever by following these tips to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Stay-at-Home Ideas to Celebrate Halloween in Reno 

halloween in renoAre you looking for safe ways to celebrate Halloween in Reno this year? These great stay-at-home ideas are sure to get you in the spirit this Halloween.

Host a Virtual Halloween Party

Just because you can’t go out to celebrate with other ghosts and goblins doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Host a virtual Halloween Party from your Riverside Park apartment in Reno

Here are some tips to host your own virtual Halloween party:

  1. Send an invitation that includes the time, details, and login information!
  2. Create a virtual party kit and if possible, deliver it a few days before the party. If your guests live out of town, create an online party kit with links to games, downloads, and Spooktacular recipes.
  3. Encourage your guests to create Halloween backdrops and to get dressed up in costumes!
  4. On the day of the party, send out an email reminder with the Zoom link! Use free programs like Canva to create spooky invitations!
  5. Set up your Zoom meeting a few minutes ahead before the party begins. 
  6. Turn on some Halloween inspired music in the background and play Halloween trivia, bingo, or other games.

Host Halloween Movie Night

Gather the children, carve the family pumpkin, cook up some scary meatballs, some bewitched Halloween popcorn, or a hauntingly good Halloween dessert , and settle in for one of these family-friendly Halloween flicks:

  • Scoob! (2020) – Ages: 7+
  • The Addams Family (2019) – Ages: 7+
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018) – Ages: 8+
  • Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018) – Ages: 4+
  • Goosebumps (2015) – Ages: 9+
  • Toy Story of Terror (2014) – Ages: 6+
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – Ages: 6+
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950) – Ages: 6+
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) – Ages: 10
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) – Ages: 14+

These hauntingly fun ways to spend Halloween in Reno might just become your new annual traditions! 

Tips to Staying Healthy in Your Reno Apartment

staying healthy in your Reno apartmentEven though Reno doesn’t experience fall the way many other parts of the country do, cooler weather means that it is prime germ season. The temps will drop, especially at night, making colds and flu more prevalent. Just follow these tips to stay healthy in your Reno apartment this fall.

STOCK UP ON SOAP & HAND SANITIZER

If you don’t have a bar of soap or liquid soap in abundance in your Reno apartment, stock up. You will want to wash your hands when you come home from being out. Combined with hand-sanitizer, cleaning your hands is a great way to kill germs and stay healthy in your Reno apartment.

CLEAN UP YOUR SPACE

A clean apartment is a happy apartment. Germs can linger for days – none day for the flu and up to seven for the common cold. Wipe down doorknobs, handles, and other frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant or other cleaner. You should also get into the habit of cleaning your phone, as this is a huge germ hub!

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

To ward off sickness, your immune system needs to be at its best. If you’re not getting enough sleep every night, you’re only serving to weaken immune health. You should also eat nutritiously and try to keep your stress down so your immune system is running at its peak.  Experts suggest getting between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. 

GET PLENTY OF EXERCISE

Exercising can help build your immune system and keep you healthy. There are plenty of ways to get exercise and remain safe. Consider walking, jogging, hiking, or riding your bike.

Check out this list of great walking trails near your Riverside Park apartments in Reno.

DRINK A LOT OF WATER

Drinking water is important to keep hydrated, especially when it’s cold and flu season. Keep your immunity up by drinking plenty of water to stave off infection. Staying hydrated helps your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness.

It is easier than you think if you follow these basic tips for staying healthy in your Reno apartment

Back to School Tips To Prepare Your Reno Apartment

Back To School Reno ApartmentA new school year is upon us and for many of us, that means less time enjoying the outdoors and more time in your Reno apartment studying and doing schoolwork. 

To help you stay productive while studying from home, we have compiled some essential back to school tips for staying focused at home.

Create a Dedicated Study Space

Creating a calming atmosphere with minimal distractions in your Reno apartment is key to getting your schoolwork done! Be certain that you have everything you need, including snacks, a calculator, pens, and paper.  Some other supplies that you may need are: noise-canceling headphones, a spiral notebook, index cards, folders, paper clips, and tissues.

Create a Study Schedule

Creating a study schedule is essential for studying from your Reno apartment. Set a start and end time to your day and tasks. Using a countdown timer can help with time management and can help you achieve your goals.

Schedule Health Care Time

It is important to take time away from your schoolwork to exercise good self-care! Start with the fundamentals like healthy food and exercise. Take at least 20 minutes each day for aerobic activity by walking on the trails near your Riverside Park apartment in Reno. Meditation is important to help stay focused, find time to sit, relax, and enjoy the beautiful river views.

Stay Organized

Keeping your apartment and schedule organized can help lessen the stress associated with studying from home. You can purchase some inexpensive containers to place schoolwork and supplies once you have finished studying for the day! A whiteboard, chalkboard, or bulletin board is key to keeping track of deadlines, course schedules, tests, and Zoom meetings! 

These helpful back to school tips for studying from home will ensure that the upcoming school year will be enjoyable, successful, and productive!