Yes, Even YOU Can Become a Morning Person!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
man sleeping in a bed

You’ve seen the articles before – the morning habits of successful people, how mornings are the most productive time of day, the list goes on and on! Maybe it even seems like no matter what you do, you just cannot get out of bed before 9 AM. Try incorporating these tricks into your life, and see what good it can do toward making you more of a morning person!

  • Be Proactive – “I’ll do that in the morning” you might say, as you hit play on the next episode of your favorite Netflix series. Whether you realize it or not, your brain is storing that little piece of information about what you have to accomplish in the morning, causing you to worry about it, even if it’s only subconsciously. When this happens, you’re not getting quality sleep, and you’ll likely wake up in a panic, rushing around to do that thing you should have done last night. Take a few minutes at night to make your nighttime routine a little easier, whether that means picking out your outfit, making your lunch for tomorrow, or doing the dishes. Whatever can’t be done at night, make a list of and leave it by your bed so you know you won’t forget it in the morning.

  • Tidy Up – Put on your favorite music and take a few minutes in the evening to clean up your space. Wash the dishes in the sink, make your bed, and put your laundry away. When you go to sleep at night knowing that your home is tidied up, you’re likely to sleep a little easier.

  • Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule (and Routine!) – One of the best ways to become accustomed to being a morning person is to get your body in a natural pattern of knowing when it should be awake and asleep. Even on the weekends, don’t alter your sleep schedule too much, as tempting as it may be to sleep in. Notice things that might keep you up at night, such as that late night snack, scrolling through your Instagram feed in bed, or even the late afternoon cup of coffee. Cut out the things that are keeping you awake unnecessarily, and achieve better sleep.

With these tips, we wish you sweet dreams and productive morning at Partridge Hill!

3 Ways Essential Oils Can Clean Your Home

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 01, 2016
essential oils and lavendar

Essential oils are something we may hear a lot about from time to time, but do you know how to use them? Many essential oils have several benefits, and can even be used to effectively clean your home. Useful oils for cleaning include:

  1. Lavender Oil – Lavender is often known as a calming scent that can create a warm and inviting environment. It also has antibacterial properties that can be put to use! Instead of disinfecting surfaces in your home with sprays that may have a harsh and/or unpleasant scents, let lavender oil pull double-duty for you by mixing it with water and spritzing it on surfaces that you wish to disinfect.

  2. Orange Oil – Whether you accidentally sat in it, or someone left a piece stuck somewhere they thought was hidden, remnants of chewed gum is always a frustrating problem. Orange oil can loosen up sticky situations such as these, allowing for removal of the gum from your surface.

  3. Lemon Oil – Grease can leave plenty of unwanted residue in your kitchen, from your stovetop to the oily feeling often left on dishes. Mix lemon oil with vinegar and water for a quick and safe cleaning spray that will have you de-greased in no time!

Incorporate these tips into your home at Partridge Hill Apartments for a fresh and clean space that you’ll always be glad to come back to!

Three Questions to Ask While Apartment Hunting

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 18, 2016
woman being shown an apartment for rent

It’s no secret that looking for a new apartment is incredibly stressful for many people. Fortunately, knowing what questions to ask your potential Property Manager can make the apartment hunting process easier, and maybe even enjoyable!

Some of the most important things to ask include:

  1. What are the move-in fees?

    Find out exactly what will be required upon move-in. Some apartments require a security deposit, first month’s rent, and last month’s rent. Many apartments also require tenants to have a renter’s insurance policy before moving in. Be sure you have factored in all of these costs when making your decision.

  2. What Are the Lease Terms?

    Leases are typically for one-year. However, some apartments may offer longer or shorter leases, depending on different circumstances. Find out how long your lease will be for, as well as apartment policies on subleasing, before signing.

  3. Is the Rent Price Expected to Increase?

    If you’re looking to live somewhere long-term, it is important to know if your Property Manager expects to increase rent prices in the coming years. Some of the reasons for a rent increase include growth in popularity of the neighborhood, and upgrades on the apartment.

Ready to try these questions out while apartment hunting? Visit Partridge Hill today!

Four Ways to Make Halloween Safer For Your Trick-or-Treaters

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Child trick or treating

Trick-or-treating is certainly an event that children look forward to every year, but it can also cause plenty of worry for parents! There are many simple tips parents can use to keep children safe this Halloween, including:

  1. Being Mindful of Costumes

    Costumes have the potential to be hazardous. Be sure that the outfit is comfortable, flame-resistant, and does not pose tripping hazards that may come from long costumes and/or high heels. It is also a good idea to use face paint instead of masks.

  2. Plan a Route Ahead of Time

    Include your child to plan a fun route and get them excited for Halloween! Keep in mind your familiarity with the route, as well as how far your child will be able to walk before getting uncomfortable and tired.

  3. Stay Visible

    Ideally, you would want your child to wear a light-colored costume that is easily visible to drivers. If your child is wearing a dark costume, you can add reflective tape in a decorative manner to make them better visible. You should also advise them to carry a flashlight with them at all times to keep their path well-lit!

  4. Check Over Your Candy

    It is always better to be safe than sorry! Be sure to check your child’s candy before letting them eat it. Throw away anything homemade (unless you trust the person who made it), wrappers with tears or holes in it, and especially candy that is not wrapped at all!

At Partridge Hill, we value safety above all else. We hope that these tips will ensure that the whole family has a safe and happy Halloween!

How to Downsize

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
older couple unpacking a box

Partridge Hill features spacious apartments with oversized closets, but sometimes when you’re moving into a new place, you find that you have the perfect excuse to downsize! Make the most out of your new apartment with these downsizing tips:

  • Plan Early – Moving is stressful enough, and when you’re faced with boxes upon boxes to unpack, it can easily become overwhelming! Begin your plans to downsize early, so you don’t bring unnecessary items with you to your new home!
  • Determine Your Needs – Especially if you’re downsizing from a house, it might be time to consider what furniture you really need. Will your oversized couch make the best use of your living room space? Are you keeping things that you aren’t particularly fond of just because you feel bad about getting rid of it? It may be time to determine whether or not items such as these are worth keeping around.
  • Multi-Purpose Everything You Can – Choose statement furniture that will instantly add personality to your apartment, and add in storage everywhere you can! Most furniture can include hidden storage within or underneath, such as nightstands, coffee tables, ottomans, and even bed frames! This will free up other areas of your home that you may be using for storage purposes.
  • Incorporate these tips into your moving plan, and have your most organized home yet! If all else fails and there are some things you can’t part with, yet don’t have room for, ask about our additional storage units when you visit Partridge Hill!

Why Live in Rensselaer | What to do in Rensselaer, NY - Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Boy teaching little brother to play golf

Located in Rensselaer, Partridge Hill is conveniently located near fun activities to partake in all year round!

Some of our favorite attractions include:

  • Regal Cinema – This theater, located in nearby East Greenbush, has all of the latest movies for your viewing pleasure!
  • Funplex Fun Park – The whole family can enjoy an outing here! Come for go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, rock wall climbing, and more!
  • Ice Skating – Hudson Valley Community College opens their rink to the public starting in October!
  • Crailo State Historic Site – History buffs will love this – this site focuses on providing guests with exhibits and collections relating to the Hudson Valley’s Colonial Dutch History.

Visit Partridge Hill today to learn more about the wonderful reasons we’re proud to call this area home!

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Zzzz's graphic in thought cloud

We all recognize the cycle – we stay up far too late, decide we want some down time to watch TV, continue to stay up too late, wake up exhausted, and repeat. It feels as if we’ve fallen into a trap that is impossible to get out of because we’ve become so accustomed to it. Take back your bedtime routine by enforcing these habits:

Set a Strict Bedtime

There’s no more “I should get to bed by 11”, only to wind up staying up past midnight. In fact, many sleep experts agree that the best sleep happens if it begins before midnight, and preferably before 11pm. Of course, this is not possible for everyone, but the idea is to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night.

Make Sure Your Bedroom Promotes Good Sleep

There are several small changes that could drastically improve your quality of sleep:

  • Keep it dark – TV/computer/phone screens, lamps, lights, and so forth can disturb sleep patterns.
  • Keep it cool – Feeling warm and cozy is nice, but a higher body temperature may actually prevent sleep, so it’s best to keep the room cool.
  • Keep it focused – Your bed is for sleeping, not working or browsing. By getting into the habit of bringing your laptop to bed, you may be inadvertently training your brain to remain stimulated while you’re in bed.
  • Keep it organized – If you’re one of many who has a hard time “turning off” their brain when it’s time for bed, making a list is crucial. Jot down everything that is bothering you, tasks you need to do in the morning, etc. and leave the thoughts on paper so they won’t keep you awake.

Incorporate these habits today, and sleep better at Partridge Hill !

The Importance of Sunscreen

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Help written in sunscreen on the back of a sun burned girl

The season of fun in the sun is still here! The long days of sunshine always seem to make life seem better, and in a way they do, because the vitamin D you soak up from sunshine is essential to your health.

However, exposure to the sun also comes with the possibility of problematic skin conditions. The good news is that by applying sunscreen often, you can enjoy the sun without much of a worry! Need some convincing? Here are some reasons why sunscreen is so important:

  • The sun can damage the texture of your skin, as well as weaken its elastic attributes.
  • Sun-induced skin damage may cause wrinkles, furrows, easy bruising, and/or brown spots.
  • Most importantly, too much sun exposure may greatly increase your risk of skin cancer.

It’s never too late to make adjustments to protect yourself from the sun! Don’t forget the sunscreen next time you stop by the pool at Partridge Hill!

4 Pool Safety Tips for Summer Poolside at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
boy swimming underwater

At Partridge Hill, we encourage all of our residents to use our outdoor pool. It’s a refreshing perk! But, we also strongly encourage and recommend learning basic pool safety! The greatest reason why you should take pool safety steps seriously is to keep you and others safe.

Supervision Required

Never let small children or inexperienced swimmers, even adults, swim in the pool alone. Always closely monitor those inside the pool. Children who do not know how to swim should be no more than an arm’s length away from an adult.

Do Not Rely on Flotation Devices

Again, children who do not know how to swim should be within arm’s length of an adult. This is important to remember, as many adults have gained a false sense of confidence and security with floatation devices, such as arm floaties or swimsuits with built in floaters. Even children outfitted with lifejackets approved by the United States Coast Guard should never be left unattended.

Keep a Telephone by the Pool

A telephone should always be kept near the pool when it is in use. Cell phones are recommended, as it enables adults to answer the phone without leaving the pool area. Remember, all it takes is a few seconds for a child or inexperienced adult to slip underwater. A close by telephone can result in a quicker call for emergency services.

Learn CPR

Summer pool safety tips can help to reduce the chance of a pool accident, but you always need to be prepared for one. That is why it’s good to know or learn CPR. For a small and reasonable fee, you may be able to save the life of a loved one.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer poolside this season at Partridge Hill!

Two Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes to Impress Your Guests

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Refreshing beverages are a great way to cool down during the hot summer months. Get a little fancy the next time you entertain and whip up these fruity and fun non-alcoholic beverages!

WATERMELON COOLER

watermelon cooler drink

Put that extra watermelon to good use!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of seedless watermelon (1 medium-sized watermelon), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5 -10 mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt

How to Make Watermelon Coolers:

  1. Place all of the above ingredients into a blender, and process until smooth. Depending on the size of your blender, this may have to be done in multiple batches.

  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl, getting all of the liquid out by pressing the solids with a wooden spoon.

  3. Place the watermelon mixture into the blender again with ice cubes added. The amount of ice cubes added depends on how slushy you want the drink to turn out.

  4. If desired, garnish with a slice of watermelon and/or a sprig of mint.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

KIWI LEMONADE SPRITZER

Kiwi lemonade spritzer drink

Ingredients:

  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 6 kiwis
  • 2 c. lemon juice
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 L bottle seltzer water
  • lemon and/or kiwi wedges

How to Make Kiwi Lemonade Spritzers:

  1. Place the sugar and kiwi in a blender and purée until smooth.

  2. Stir together the lemon juice and water in a 1-quart container.

  3. Stir in the kiwi purée

  4. Chill until the mixture is very cold

  5. To serve, add ½ cup of kiwi mixture with ½ seltzer water over ice.

  6. If desired, lemon and/or kiwi wedges can be added as a garnish

We hope you have a happy and healthy summer while living here at Partridge Hill! Let’s see what kind of drink recipes we come up with in the fall (not that we’re rushing summer)!

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