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That right there is a frozen pipe ladies and gentleman. Let that soak in.

When living in an apartment, you can become liable for any damages if you do not follow the necessary precautions to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting in your home. When pipes burst not only could your apartment flood but your neighbors as well and if you are on the third floor or higher, that could mean every apartment beneath you. Yikes. (This is a great time to put in a plug for renters insurance. All Camden communities require you to have renters insurance and thank goodness for that. You never know what kind of situation will happen and it’s imperative that you make sure it stays current and active while you live there.)   But alas, your pipes and your wallet do not have to suffer by following a simple to-do list. I personally did this yesterday before work because we received our freeze alert as our temperatures here in Raleigh went down to a single digit last night. Brrrrrrr. So check out the list below if you are under a freeze warning. Mind you, if you own a home, this would be perfect for you, too. This is not simply for those who live in apartments. Continue Reading »

Whenever a new year comes around, we find ourselves making our customary New Year’s Resolutions. Whether our resolutions prompt a change in body image, healthy eating, making better life choices, purchasing that one item that we have been desiring a long time or altering relationships/relationship statuses, the hope of becoming an altogether better person is a light that shines bright every year.

This year, I have decided to change up the meaning of my New Year’s Resolutions. Rather than hoping to make myself a better person, I am hoping to encourage mankind to be better to each other, thus creating better people all the way around. In the year 2015, I have resolved myself to positivity rather than negativity, to “Paying it Forward” and to helping to make the world a better place for all of us, not just for myself.

photo courtesy of www.casasana.org

photo courtesy of http://www.casasana.org

In light of the many controversial things that overtook us in 2014 I began to ask myself if some of these things could have been avoided had we, as people, just been kinder to each other every once in a while. If we had just said “Thank you” or “Excuse me” more. What about “Can I help you”? “Let me get that for you?”. Sometimes all it takes to change someones life is a simple, kind word or gesture.

With that being said, I have opted to keep this blog on the shorter side. I feel that 2015 should be the year of “doing”, not “saying”. Pythagoras once said “Do not say a little in many words but a great deal with a few”.

I wish everyone a prosperous start to their New Year and remember the words spoken by the man who walked on the surface of the Moon, Neil Armstrong, showing kindness toward your fellow man can be considered “one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind”.

Itty Bitty Fitness Tricks

Now that you ate all the food you didn’t need, it’s time to get that beach body back! Spend all your money on Christmas gifts? Don’t have time to go to the gym? Don’t have the space for that total gym in your apartment? You are in luck! We have compiled some itty bitty fitness tricks to get you slim and ready for summer!

This is the list of things you can use:

1.      Exercise ball– 20 crunches

2.      Hand weights (5 to 10lbs) – 3 sets of 10

3.      Chairs – 20 dips

4.      Resistance Bands – 3 sets of 10 with medium to hard resistance

5.      Pull-Up Bar – 20 pull-ups

6.      Ab Roller (for those sexy abs) – 3 sets of 10

7.      The Shake Weight – Shake until you can’t shake no more

Here are some of our favorite workouts!

Workout at Home Using Hand Weights

Workout with Resistance Bands

Take 15 minutes of your busy day and you will see a difference. The great thing about these Itty Bitty Fitness Tricks is that you can use them on business trips, in your Camden apartment home, or even at work. So get your leotard, tube socks and that old Flashdance music going to get fit!

Do you have any favorite Itty Bitty Fitness Tricks that you love and want to share with us? Please comment them below.

[Blog Credit to my amazing Camden co-workers: Brandon T, Minh N, Victor M and Amy S.]

 

Every New Year, people always write down their resolutions. Sometimes they are specific and unreasonable, so I came up with four easy things to focus on this year to make sure that 2015 will be great.

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Photo courtesy of spiritualboosters.com

BE THANKFUL

A gratitude journal is a great way to remember to be thankful. All you do is write down five things every day that you are thankful for. It can be anything from a successful project at work to a hot cup of coffee that tasted so good. No matter how big or small, remembering to write down the good things can definitely change your attitude over time.

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BE HEALTHY

I know, I know. Every year people resolve to lose weight, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Just make small choices to be healthier and extend your life. Get a fitness app on your phone, start taking walks every day, or cut out one unhealthy meal a week. All those small changes can really make a difference and help you feel better. If you want, join a gym! There are a ton to choose from: LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, The Exercise Coach – just to name a few.

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BE PET FRIENDLY

Having a pet is proven to have great health benefits. Also, you’ll feel better taking care of a loving animal that needed a home. Pets can be your best friends and comforting companions. Not so fast, pet allergy people, you can get a fish and still reap the benefits. Check with your local Camden community for their pet policy.

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BE FAMILY ORIENTED

Having a work-life balance is really important to your mental, emotional, and physical health. Make sure that you’re carving out time for your family and friends. We work a lot, but we don’t have a lot of time to spend with those we love. When it comes to children, you don’t want to miss precious moments that you can’t get back, so make sure you make the time for them!

These are just four simple goals that don’t take a lot of effort, but sure can make a huge difference in your life. Here’s hoping that your new year is full of great moments!

Keep It Simple

-5 Ways to Keep those New Year’s Resolutions-

For many of us, we look forward to January 1st to start new practices and break old habits. “New Year, New Me”, right? Unfortunately, many times we set high expectations to gain results but somehow fall short. Here we will explore a few ways to balance life and keep up with your new goals.

  1. Don’t set unrealistic expectations.

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Aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson said it best Keep It Simple Stupid. The KISS principle states “that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated.” Therefore keeping your goals realistic will help them not seem so far out of reach, and easier to obtain. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.


  1. Encourage a friend to participate with you.

Have you ever heard of the term “misery loves company”? Well, so does success! Find a friend (or two) and work toward your goal together. This way, you can hold each other accountable and celebrate your successes collectively.


  1. Set mile markers.

Just like the racing game on your new Play Station 4, every goal should have check points. Set dates to have certain tasks

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completed by. For example, if your goal is to get in better shape, make a commitment by January 15th to register for your first 5K race. Not only will you be more inclined to keep your goal because you’ve paid for it, but you will also make a bigger effort in the gym to prepare.


  1. Make sure you stay focused on the journey, and not the outcome.

It’s not all about the destination, sometimes the journey is what makes the destination so wonderful.  Enjoy where life takes you, you are sure to learn a lot about your drive, your will power, your mind, body, and spirit. So, just go with the flow!


  1. Celebrate with Chocolate!!

Okay, well maybe not chocolate. But make sure to reward yourself along the way. Since we were in grade school we have always been rewarded for a job well done. Don’t limit the “gold stars” to the kids. After meeting your weight goal, grab a massage. Been without a cigarette for 30 days? Treat yourself to that new video game you wanted. Whatever your pleasure, make sure you’re appreciating the person who matters most here… YOU!

Courtesy of downtownsummerlin.com

Courtesy of downtownsummerlin.com

Camden Del Mar and Camden Canyon we’ve got something new for you to do in 2015. Downtown Summerlin, the latest in urban cool, just opened in October and if you haven’t made it over there yet, you need to…stat! Not only are the shops packed with your favorite retailers, but this lifestyle center features the best in food and entertainment too. Living just minutes away from this walkable 400 acre community, you’ll want to get out there and enjoy it!

This large outdoor mall is suited for your needs and pleasure. The ample parking makes it easy to dash in to your favorite store for a quick buy or if you’re in the mood to walk around and enjoy, the 125+ stores promise a full day of window shopping fun! The ultra-modern design makes roaming the streets of Downtown Summerlin and enjoying the architecture a full day of excitement.

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courtesy of howardhughes.com

Treat yourself to a day of shopping, meet up with friends or bring the whole family and delight in your day out in the sunshine of this open-air lifestyle center. Downtown Summerlin is like a breath of fresh air for the community of Las Vegas. At Camden, we love to support local business and anything that brings new jobs to our communities, so get out there and take advantage of this innovative facility!

Is it really that time again? Holiday season is in full swing and beginning to wrap up just as quickly as it started! Every year it seems to appear quicker and quicker. If you are anything like me than you are absolutely not prepared for all of the festivities that taking place is the next couple of days! Every year I say it will be different next year and it always ends up being the exact same thing. So for all of you like me and have procrastinated and waited until the week of Christmas to start getting things done, here are some great holiday tips for shopping and great last minute gifts that get me through this stressful time of “really wishing I hadn’t waited until the last minute.” They get me through year after year!

Last minute shoppers raise your hand! Why do we do this? Everything we really want is sold out and now we are forced with the dreadful “now what do I get” question that hits us as soon as we realize the one item that we intended to get is now gone. My solution is to have a plan B. Always have a plan B in mind during the holiday season when shopping is at its highest. Homemade or personalized gifts are truly always a hit. Who doesn’t love a fresh batch of homemade cookies, brownies, or pies? Whip a batch of Rice Krispy treats or some fudge to give to friends and family as a holiday gift. Bake and add to a nice holiday container that you can pick up you’re your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, or dollar store. Everyone loves a special homemade treat and they are easy and inexpensive.

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Family photos are another great gift giving idea. A nice family portrait in a frame is always well received. People enjoy a great family photo to put out on display. Your relatives and close friends will appreciate the gift. Pictures of the whole family or of the kiddos will be a big hit! They can always change out the pictures at a later date in their new frame as well!

Booze is usually a great go too as well. If anyone that you are buying for loves alcohol then this would be an easy gift that you know they will enjoy. A bottle of wine is a great choice for the wine lovers on your gift list. If they are not into wine perhaps a bottle of liquor. For added uniqueness you can add a recipe for a drink that requires the type of liquor you purchased. With all of the flavored vodkas and brandy that has debuted, there are some fun recipes for drinks that can be created!

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If you are the type who just wants to one stop shop, as in you are going to one store and one store only… then there is a quick guide that will help make that one stop shopping trip a success!
1. Make a list! Know who you are buying for and what you are buying. Check your list twice to ensure no one has been left off!
2. Find a store where you will be able to buy these items. A store that is multi-functional and has a variety of things will be your life saver! A Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, etc will be the easiest way to check several off of your list at one place.
3. Gift Cards! You can get a gift card to any and everywhere! The great thing about gift cards is that you can go to a local Walgreens or CVS and pick from 100’s! That is as convenient as it gets!
4. Shop either early in the morning or late at night. Store tend to be less crowded if you go after they first open their doors or later in the evening before they close. If you don’t do crowds, then strategizing your shopping times will save you frustrations and headaches.

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The holidays are here regardless of whether we are ready or not! These survival tips will you get you through these last couple of days before the Christmas holiday. They have been a life saver to me for years now! Let’s vow together that next year we will not wait and be typical procrastinators! However, if we fail these tips will work great again next year!
Thinking of starting your 2015 in a new place?? Check all of the beautiful communities across the country that Camden offers at www.camdenliving.com.

We wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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