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Jazzercise Ain’t Your Momma’s Workout

Have you been looking for a new workout to maintain your 2015 resolutions? I have the workout for you, and yes, you did read the title of this post correctly…it’s Jazzercise! I started Jazzercising about a year ago and not only has it changed my entire outlook on exercising, but it has also changed my life! Seriously! Here’s how:

  • In less than one year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds! Just by going to Jazzercise an average of 3 times a week.
  • I sleep better and am more awake throughout the day- Goodbye 2:30pm cup of coffee!
  • As I started to workout more, my eating habits just naturally got better because I learned that if I ate a chocolate donut in the morning, it would slow me down in Jazzercise.
  • This part still amazes and excites me: My skin and hair have both become healthier!
  •  And the best result from Jazzercise? I feel 100 times better about MYSELF.

I got into Jazzercise through a friend who was sick of me complaining about how fat I was going to look in my wedding dress and I gave her the same reaction that you probably have right now and that I get from a lot of people: “What? No way am I sweating with ladies wearing leg warmers clapping their hands to soft jazz hits of the 1980s…” Well, I’m glad I finally joined her for class one day because I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Jazzercise that I thought I knew is not what Jazzercise is today. Every week there are new dance routines from Top 40 artists like Pitbull, Britney Spears and Meghan Trainor. In a one hour Jazzercise Dance Mixx class you get a total body workout and it’s fun!

As my instructor, Jane Luco, who has been a Jazzercise instructor for 35 years in the Houston Heights explained, “Jazzercise works all your muscles in all directions, strengthens your flexibility, improves your coordination, works your brain, relieves stress and builds brain cells because you are learning on your feet.” Even though I didn’t know what I was doing at the beginning, I was able to relax and laugh at Jane’s sharp humor, which helped me forget that I was even exercising!

Just like I tell all of my friends, I encourage you to try a Jazzercise class. In my opinion, it is a workout that nearly anyone can do and have fun with! It’s easy to walk into your first Jazzercise because there’s no intimidating equipment or judgment from others. You may feel like the new kid, but everyone was the new kid at one point so you’ll be met with encouragement and support. To prove this, I invited my teammates from the Camden Marketing Team to join me for a class. Every one of the girls that went had a blast and felt so welcomed by the group. They also felt their sore muscles the next day…

Posing before our workout

Posing before our workout

In case this article didn’t convince you that Jazzercise might be the workout for you, then check out this video! After you try Jazzercise for yourself, then comment on this post and let us know what you thought.

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DIY and Creative Solutions to Overcome a Tricky Floor Plan

Each Camden property throughout the nation has unique floor plans. Have you ever come across the floor plan that is a fantastic price, but there is something about the floor plan that scares you? Maybe there are angled walls in the bedroom, or perhaps your bedroom does not have a door? As a Leasing Consultant, I try my best to paint the picture of how to decorate a floor plan that may seem like a challenge at first sight, but in reality is the perfect apartment. As hard as I try, sometimes you just need to see a furnished apartment to see how it will work out.

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Lyndsay’s floor plan

At Camden Fairfax Corner, we have over 70 floor plans. Each one has a characteristic that makes them special. From our 650 square foot studios to our 1488 square foot 3 bedrooms, we have floor plans that work with every lifestyle, and every piece of furniture. There are a few apartments that at first glance seem like a challenge, but I see them as an opportunity for creativity.

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How to keep your apartment mostly clean most of the time

Keeping my home clean is a constant struggle. Should I do it all on the weekend? Should I clean one room each day? Here are a few tips on how to keep your apartment mostly clean most of the time, so you don’t feel like you’re living in a mess.

Photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Make your bed

Your mom always said it and she was right – you should make your bed. It’s an important task because it helps you feel like you’ve accomplished something, no matter how small, and that there is at least one thing in your house that is neat and orderly.

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Photo courtesy of animal-kid.com

 

Vacuum frequently (or get a Roomba!)

I have to admit that I HATE vacuuming, but I do it all the time because I can’t imagine walking on dirt in my house. My solution? A Roomba. I LOVE my Roomba. I can literally vacuum my whole apartment while I’m cooking dinner. Who doesn’t love multitasking? Plus you might be able to coax your cat to ride it around the apartment.

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Photo courtesy of keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

 

Always do your dishes

Doing the dishes has got be my least favorite chore. Walking in the kitchen and seeing a sink full of dishes is one of the most disheartening feelings. If you just wash the few dishes you have each day, there won’t be that feeling of dread when they’ve piled up.

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Photo courtesy of purecleaners.com

 

Keep the laundry moving

I used to only do the laundry on weekends, but that made it an all-day task. It’s so much easier to rotate the laundry loads each day. You will always have more available clothes on hand and you’ll never feel like you can’t leave the house for all the laundry you need to do.

Hopefully these tips will help you to keep your Camden apartment mostly clean most of the time. These are just some easy tips that will hopefully free up your weekend and keep your stress to a minimum.

Story Behind the King Cake at Mardi Gras

Have you ever wondered what the story is behind the King Cake that is served during Mardi Gras?

The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the “Twelfth Night,” also known to Christians as the “Epiphany.” Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to show.” Jesus first showed himself to the three wisemen and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake.

King Cake Photo courtesy of: www.bettycrocker.com

King Cake- photo courtesy of: http://www.bettycrocker.com

The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies “Justice,” GREEN for “Faith,” and GOLD for “Power.” These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.

Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the “baby.” If so, then that person is named “King” for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

Mardi Gras Day has a moveable date and may occur on any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and always falls 46 days before Easter.

Information provided by: Manny Randazzo King Cakes

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Paying it Forward

I wanted to share a story about one of Camden Main & Jamboree’s own, Otto Ruano. Otto has been with us for 7 years. He is one of the most humble, genuine, hard-working people I’ve ever met. When Otto is not at work he is helping others through his church and at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.otto5

 In 2007 a church member took Otto down to Casa Hogar Ebenb-Ezer, an orphanage, and immediately Otto and his wife wanted to be more involved and help out. Casa Hogar has 30 children ranging from 3-18 years of age and 6 full-time staff members. All the school-age children attend school so they have the opportunity to attend the University in Mexico. When you turn 18 you have a choice to go to the University and stay at the orphanage or if you don’t attend the University you have to leave. The young adults who do attend the University also help out with the smaller children.  The schools are a fairly long distance from the orphanage and on un-safe streets so Otto donated a van so the children would stay safe and away from the corrupt streets.otto4 Continue reading

The ideal places for Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; if you haven’t already decided where to go then you’re already behind! Valentine’s Day is known for chocolates, roses, and love. This is the one day of the year you really have to show the one you love romance! I am here to help guide you in the right direction on where to take that special someone. If this is your first Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, or the day you choose to propose, I have you covered on the place.

First Valentine’s Day

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So this is your first Valentine’s Day and you want to impress. Giada at The Cromwell is one of those restaurants that fulfill just that! You’ll get amazing Italian cuisine, great cocktails, delicious desserts and a beautiful view of the Bellagio Fountains and the Strip. Just make sure to ask for a table by the window!

The Proposal

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Image courtesy of Google

Everyone knows Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so taking your date to the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris. Located eleven stories above the Strip, the restaurant serves gourmet French food with a view of the city’s lights below. You can customize your own proposal package to include everything from a seasonal tasting menu from the chef to a special window table, pick from a bottle of wine or Champagne, and you can’t forget the flowers and photos. You can even pick a special dessert that can house an engagement ring. If that’s not a proposal on Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what is!

The Anniversary

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Image Courtesy of Google

So now it’s your anniversary on Valentine’s Day which means your spouse has put up with your quirks for long enough, so it’s time to show them some love and appreciation.  The place to go for your anniversary in Las Vegas is Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand. Robuchon, known as the “Chef of the Century,” serves a six-course or a 16-course menu at his sophisticated restaurant. Over the course of the meal you will not only indulge in gourmet food, you will also enjoy a bread cart, cheese cart and a dessert cart at the end of your meal. This place will be sure to impress your sweetheart for years to come!

Of course if any of these restaurants are just a little out of your price rage you can always enjoy a romantic homemade dinner in the comfort of your Camden home!

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A Day at Camden College Park

I love working for Camden because we often get the opportunity to help out at other communities in need. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a day working at Camden College Park for a day last week.

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Welcoming Your Guests

“We’re about fifteen minutes away.” Music to my ears, when I am awaiting the arrival of a houseguest. It could be family, friends, or even a babysitting gig it doesn’t matter, I get pumped. I enjoy doing special things to make my houseguest feel welcomed and here are just a few tricks that make the experience memorable.

Beautiful nosh cheese plate, with fruit and pastrami.

Beautiful nosh cheese plate, with fruit and pastrami.

After a long day on the road or at the airport, your guest can work up quite the appetite. Providing some easy to manage small bites, is a great idea to knock the edge off before your dinner plans.

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The Marvel Experience

It's your turn to save the world!  photo courtesy of Marvel

It’s your turn to save the world!
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Dallas nerds, rejoice! Are you still looking for something to do this weekend that doesn’t revolve around the Super Bowl? Your problem is solved! There is still one more weekend to enjoy The Marvel Experience at Fair Park. This production bills itself as “the world’s first hyper-reality tour” and, according to fans and critics alike, it does not disappoint.

Are you ready for your new job? photo courtesy of Hero Ventures

Are you ready for your new job?
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Decoration Storage in a Small Space

Living in a small space? Or, did you read my previous blog and purchase an entire new holiday decor that you don’t know where to store? If so, the likelihood is that you’re already using all the closet space your apartment home has to offer.  So where do you put all of the newly acquired seasonal decorations? Well, in order to answer this question, you’ll have to think outside the box…literally!

Sure, you can incorporate the clever storage ideas shown in the picture below.

In fact, you can get more ideas like this from other clever storage fanatics here   and here! But maybe you’ve got traditional storage bins that are large and bulky, and you’ll need more space for those. I’m proposing you try ‘open design storage’. This entails you going through the items you currently have stored away and deciding whether or not you think they’re worthy enough to display out in the open as part of your home décor. Sounds crazy, I know! But by doing this you may find that your items are more accessible and that you have more space to store all the new and upcoming seasonal décor that you’re about to purchase.

So, let’s look at a few non-traditional ways of creating more storage space for your Camden apartment home.

    • If you have a lot of shoes on your closet floor, this idea is for you. Clear out all of those shoes from your closet floor and try displaying them in an armoire, preferably glass or see-through. Ladies, I recommend this for you as it will add a feminine appeal to your room and free up ground and wall space for some of those heavier storage boxes that tend to be harder to store away. For the guys, I recommend using cubby holes that match the furniture in your room, as shown below. You can even add additional removable shelving with small decorative storage bins and inexpensive plastic dressers to the floor of your closet.
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    • Clear up space in your linen closet by storing your towels out in the open on a wine rack in your bathroom. If your towels match your bathroom décor, then it will look cohesive and clean.
    • Install cubby holes or regular shelves above your bed, night stands, and dressers for more shelf space. Not only will this give you more open storage space but it will give your room more depth.

The possibilities with open storage design are endless! The ultimate goal of trying open storage design is to display show-worthy items you’re currently hiding in your storage spaces, thus, creating storage space for the items you don’t want guests to see. And if you’re still needing more storage space after trying at least one of these ideas, contact the front office to see if your Camden community offers storage units for rent. Good luck!