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19
Feb 18

Easy Tips for Giving Your Dog a Bath

Dog BathEven if your dog never plays in the dirt, regular baths are still an important part of pet care. Baths help keep your dog’s skin and coat in good condition. Giving your dog a bath doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Keep the following tips in mind for making bath time stress-free for you and your pet.

Set Up Supplies Ahead of Time

Don’t wait until after your dog is in the tub to grab shampoo, towels and any other supplies you need. Set them up on or near the tub before you start running the water for your dog’s bath. This makes it easier for you to bathe your dog without having to dash to another room to get what you need.

Use Treats as a Lure

If you have a dog who isn’t thrilled with baths, getting them into the tub can be tricky. Use treats to encourage them to come into the bathroom first, then give them more treats when they get into the water. Putting a treat on the edge of the tub along the wall might make it easier to coax them into the bath water. Using treats helps your dog associate getting a bath with something positive, which can help them feel more comfortable about being bathed.

Protect Your Dog’s Head

It’s fine to lather your dog up with pet shampoo except when it comes to their head. Doing this can get shampoo and water in their ears and eyes. Lather your dog up to their neck, then give them a good rinse to get rid of all traces of shampoo.

Use Three Towels

Instead of relying on one towel for drying your dog, have three towels ready for use. Put one on the floor to prevent your dog from dripping everywhere when stepping out of the tub. Drape another towel on your dog, so that they’ll be less likely to shake water droplets all over. Use a third towel to dry your dog off as much as possible before letting them out of the bathroom.

Our pet-friendly community includes pet walking areas for your convenience. Contact us for more information on our available apartments in Arlington and our community amenities.

12
Feb 18

Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party

CocktailsThe 1950s were the heyday of the cocktail party. These gatherings were an elegant way to entertain friends that didn’t require as much effort as a dinner party and were also less costly. Today, cocktail parties are making a comeback. Are you interested in throwing one? Then check out the following tips that will help you plan a chic and fun cocktail party for your friends.

Finger Foods That Are Easy and Light

You don’t want to serve your guests drinks without having at least a few appetizers to offset the alcohol you’ll be serving. While chips and dips may be appropriate for a tailgate party, you’ll want something a little more elegant (but still easy to make) to serve at your soirée. Think a cheese board and crackers, shrimp, baked Brie or crostini topped with roasted tomatoes — food that won’t require the use of a fork and a knife. You can also find a whole slew of ready-to-bake appetizers in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Make sure to set up food stations around your party — not just in one location so that your guests won’t congregate in a single area.

Offer a Wide Assortment of Alcohol

It’s a cocktail party, so make sure to offer a full complement of liquors and mixers. According to experts, you can assume that each guest will drink approximately two drinks the first hour, then slow down to one drink per each hour thereafter. As for how much liquor to purchase, use this rule of thumb: a one-liter bottle will make approximately 22 mixed drinks.

Have Alternatives on Hand

Yes, it’s a cocktail party, but some people just don’t prefer hard alcohol. Make sure to have some wine and beer on hand. You’ll also want to purchase extra soda or juice in addition to any you were going to buy to use as mixers.

Are you ready to throw a fun cocktail party, but are in need of a great apartment to host it in? Then check out our luxury apartments in Arlington. Our stylish floor plans are the perfect backdrop for that oh-so-chic cocktail party that you’ve been wanting to host for your friends. Give us a call to learn more!

5
Feb 18

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Plush RobeMany couples don’t require extravagant gifts from each other on Valentine’s Day. However, it’s still a nice and charming gesture to get your significant other a nice gift. As you can probably imagine, getting some combination of chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and teddy bears every year can get old. Here are a few unique gift ideas for this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

1. Leather Eye Mask

If your significant other struggles to get a good night’s sleep every once in a while, you should consider buying a luxury leather eye mask. You can buy the leather eye mask in your significant other’s favorite color. The leather eye mask you choose should have an adjustable elastic strap as well as an ergonomic shape. There should also be a comfort nose patch. If the eye mask doesn’t come with a gift box, you can buy your own beautiful gift box. The soft lining and the adjustable strap will make it a breeze for your significant other to fall asleep.

2. Vacation With a Personalized Travel Itinerary

Another Valentine’s Day gift that your significant other will surely appreciate is a vacation with a personalized travel itinerary. Chances are, there’s a country or city that you and your significant other have always been dreaming of visiting. What better day to surprise your loved one with a vacation package to a dream destination than Valentine’s Day? Be sure to include a personalized travel itinerary to take all the stress out of traveling. You may know from personal experience how stressful it can be to have to plan where to go on a vacation.

3. Plush Faux Fur Robe

Just about everyone enjoys comfortable, luxury items. If your significant other could use some new self-care products, you should consider getting them a plush faux fur robe. The softness of the material will make your loved one want to stay in the robe forever. If you’re willing to splurge a little extra money, you should consider having the robe monogrammed for a nice personal touch.

Ask friends and neighbors in your community for more Valentine’s Day gift ideas. If you’re interested in moving into one of our Arlington apartments, reach out to us for more information about The Citizen at Shirlington Village.

22
Jan 18

Yummy Desserts to Try This Winter

Bread PuddingThere’s nothing quite like a hot beverage and warm dessert after a winter meal to help you get cozy. Here are some warm dessert ideas we hope our residents in Arlington, Virginia, will enjoy.

Blue-Raspberry Oat Crisp

If you can spare just 10 minutes to prepare this blend of berries, oats and nuts, it will be well worth the 40-minute wait time to dazzle your taste buds. Gather together the following ingredients.

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/1/4 cup of virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 2 cups of blueberries

How to Prepare

Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan with a non-stick ingredient. Place 2 tablespoons of flaked coconut to the side. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, loosely combine the oats, walnuts, coconut, almond, salt and cinnamon. Then, gently stir in the olive oil and honey until fully blended.

Sprinkle the raspberries and blueberries evenly on the bottom of the baking pan. Cover with the mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until it is slightly golden brown. Sprinkle remaining coconut flakes over the top and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Fruit-Infused Bread Pudding

There’s something nostalgic about bread pudding that makes it a type of comfort dessert. This fruit-laden recipe should warm the body and spirit while the cold wind blows outside. Gather these ingredients and get started!

For the Bread:

  • 1/2 loaf of unsliced bakery bread
  • 2 peaches (peel and slice)
  • 2 ripe apples (core, peel and slice)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk (whole or skim)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8-inch pan with non-stick ingredient.

Cut the bread into 1/2-inch cubes and fill baking dish so that it will exceed height by 1 inch and then set aside. Mix eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and milk. Make a layer of bread cubes in the baking pan and infuse fruit as you build to the top. Then, pour mixture. The mix should not exceed the baking pan. Let sit for 20 minutes to settle and top with remaining egg mixture, making sure all bread has a brushing of the mix. Sprinkle thoroughly with sugar and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in sauce ingredients until boil, then let stand. Serve fruit-infused bread pudding while warm and top with sauce. A side of vanilla ice cream makes a nice pairing.

We hope our residents enjoy these delicious dessert recipes. If you or a friend would like more information about our Arlington apartments, call us today.

15
Jan 18

Simple Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Dinner Party FoodHaving a dinner party gives you a great opportunity to spend time with a small group of friends while also showing off your culinary skills. If you’ve never hosted one of these gatherings before, keep the following tips in mind to help you get ready for it. These tips can help your dinner party go as smoothly as possible.

Prepare Food Ahead of Time

Depending on what you plan on serving, it’s a good idea to make as much as you can earlier in the day. This means you won’t be stuck in the kitchen cooking while you have guests over. Instead, you can spend as little time as possible making the final food preparations for your dinner party and more time chatting with your guests.

Keep the Menu Simple

Adding too many items to the menu or trying to make a few foods that involve a lot of preparation can make your dinner party a stressful one. Plan a simple menu with delicious dishes that are easy to make, such as slow cooker meals or casseroles. Making one of these along with a few side dishes is an easy menu that won’t require a ton of time for preparing.

Offer Light Appetizers

Having an appetizer or two for your guests is considerate, but you don’t want them to fill up too much before dinner. Set out a platter of cheese and crackers or a vegetable tray for an appetizer rather than preparing elaborate hors d’oeuvres. This saves you some time and lets you focus more on making sure that the main meal is ready.

Get the Table Ready the Night Before

On the day of your dinner party, you’ll be busy cooking and entertaining your guests once they arrive. Having the table already set the night before gives you one less task to do before your dinner party starts. When it comes to decorating your table, you don’t need much to dress it up. An elegant tablecloth, a simple centerpiece, cloth napkins and your best dinnerware and silverware sets are all you need.

Our apartments in Arlington, Virginia, feature a full kitchen appliance package and a separate dining area that’s perfect for dinner parties. Please contact us for more information on our available apartments.

8
Jan 18

5 Organizing Tips for Your Apartment Home

RefrigeratorOne of the most enjoyable aspects of living in our apartments in Arlington is the wide variety of options available for organizing your living space. Your apartment home is your sanctuary, so why not make it as organized as possible in order to make it clutter-free? Here are five organizing tips for your apartment home.

1. Organize Toiletries in Transparent Hanging Shoe Bags

Your growing collection of lotions and potions are all but useless if you can’t find them when you want. They deserve more than to be tossed inside a junk drawer, where you need to rummage before you can use anything. Instead, organize these beautiful toiletries inside a transparent hanging shoe bag on the inside of your bathroom door. You’ll be able to instantly locate everything from toothpaste to eyelash curlers in the blink of an eye.

2. Organize Your Fridge

Use small, inexpensive baskets to organize your refrigerator. Separate cheese, condiments, sandwich ingredients and leftovers where you can easily find them when you want to make meals in a hurry. When they get dirty, simply toss the baskets into the dishwasher. This tip keeps you organized and makes it easier to keep your fridge sparkling clean!

3. Store Extra Sheets

Closet space is premium organizing space. Make life more organized and add storage space to your apartment home by storing extra sheets beneath the mattress. You’ll be able to quickly locate clean sheets when you make the bed, plus make more closet space available for other things.

4. Digitize Your Paper Files

Paper takes up an enormous amount of space. Plus, after a while, stacks of paper just seem to have no organization at all. Instead, scan important paper files into your computer. You’ll be able to create electronic folders and finally get those mounds of paper under control.

5. Use Silverware Trays for Every Drawer

Silverware trays, (the ones that are designed to separate your spoons, forks and knives), are ideal for organizing every drawer in your apartment home. Available in plastic or metal, these organizers will keep all your drawers from becoming a junk drawer.

Are you looking for a better lifestyle? Consider the apartment homes at The Citizen at Shirlington Village where we have floor plans to suit all needs. Contact us today to learn more.

18
Dec 17

Ways to Stay in Shape at Our Community

Man Running on TreadmillWhy spend valuable money on a gym membership when you can choose to live in one of our luxury apartments in Arlington that has an on-site fitness center and is located near local amenities that encourage you to stay active? That is exactly what residents of The Citizen at Shirlington Village are able to do. They are able to cancel their gym membership and still stay in shape with the help of our apartment community’s on-site amenities and our easy access to nearby local parks.

Here is a look at some of the ways our residents can stay in shape just by using our on-site amenities or visiting a local park.

Visit the Large, Luxurious On-Site Fitness Center

All residents of The Citizen at Shirlington Village have access to our large, 7000 square foot fitness center that is equipped with everything you need to stay in shape. Some examples of the equipment you will find in our fitness center include state-of-the-art treadmills, stairclimbers, elliptical machines and free weights.

Gather Some Friends for a Game of Racquetball

Gather your friends and family and head down to our on-site racquetball court. Not only will you have fun hanging out with others, but you will be getting in a full workout that helps you stay in shape.

Get Outside and Visit a Nearby Park

The Citizen at Shirlington Village is located just minutes from some amazing local parks. If you wish to get outside and stay active, you can visit the parks where you can play on the soccer fields, use the wide open spaces for a pickup football game or spend some time walking or jogging on the trails.

Take a Few Laps in the Outdoor Swimming Pool

During the summer months, our residents have full access to a beautiful, sparkling outdoor swimming pool. Stay in shape by swimming a few laps. It will help you stay cool on warm summer days.

Come visit our beautiful luxury apartment community and see for yourself how residents of The Citizen at Shirlington Village stay in shape. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a private tour to see our available floor plans in Arlington, Virginia.

11
Dec 17

Tips for Cleaning Your Carpet

Cleaning Spray BottleHaving carpet gives you a more comfortable surface to walk on, but it can also be a headache if it gets dirty or soiled. Keep the following tips in mind to keep your carpets looking as good as new.

Never Rub Stains or Spills

If you or a guest accidentally spill a drink on your carpet, don’t try to rub the spot out of your carpet. Doing this will only cause it to spread and could end up damaging the carpet fibers. Instead of rubbing spills or stains, gently dab them using a paper towel or cloth and a nonabrasive cleaning solution. Dab the stain or spill starting at the outer edges and move toward the center. Doing the opposite can make the stain or spill worse.

Clean Grease Stains With Dishwasher Detergent

Grease stains on a carpet can be very difficult to get rid of. If you end up with any grease stains or spots on your carpeting, use a dishwashing detergent that’s made to break down grease. Mix this detergent with water in a spray bottle, then target the grease stain. Dab the spot with a paper towel or cloth, and repeat as needed until the grease is gone.

Use Organic Pet Cleaning Products

If your pets have the occasional accident on your carpeting, skip the pet cleaning products filled with chemicals. Instead, choose organic products that are made to reduce or remove pet stains and odors. These products are safe for your carpeting and your pets. Keep in mind that these organic products can also help remove stains from other sources, such as sauce.

Apply Club Soda to Beverage Stains

Coffee, juice and other beverages can leave dark stains on carpets that are difficult to remove. Applying some club soda to these stains provides an effective way to eliminate them from your carpets. All you have to do is dab the stain with a paper towel or cloth after putting a bit of club soda on it. Keep in mind that you might need to do this a few times for more stubborn beverage stains.

Our apartments in Arlington have wall-to-wall carpeting. Please contact us to learn more about our community and apartment amenities.

4
Dec 17

4 Winter Exercise Ideas for Your Pup

Happy DogWhen the weather is too cold or you’re too busy and tired to take your dog for a walk, it’s time to think about other ways to get your dog some exercise. If you live in our Arlington apartments, it’s time to use these winter exercises to make sure your dog stays happy, healthy, and active (no matter how frightful the weather outside looks).

Scent and Seek

Your dog has an incredible sense of smell. In fact, they have 50 times more receptors in their nose than you do! Give your dog something to work for when you hide their dinner in a creative place around your apartment. Whether it’s stashed in your closet, under the bed, or in a closet, reward your pup for finding it by giving them a convenient place to start and finish their meal!

More Training

Wintertime is a chance to for your dog to work on both the tricks they know and a few new ones too! Dogs will especially get a workout if you teach them how to circle around in one place or to lie down and get back up in rapid succession (like a push-up). Space out the treats in intervals so your dog isn’t packing on the pounds.

Take a Class

A class for your dog isn’t as crazy as it sounds, especially when you consider how it can motivate you to get out and about during the winter as well. Socialize your dog and let them learn a new skill. Look for swimming classes or to try a sport called flyball. Flyball challenges your dog to make it through several obstacles as they race against other dogs!

Treadmills

Dogs can walk on treadmills if they’re trained correctly, but you have to start slow. There are also treadmills specifically made for dogs, though they’re certainly more expensive than just using a regular treadmill. Use treats as a reward, and stay with them the whole time at first.

If you’re looking for Arlington apartments that will welcome you and your dog, tour The Citizen at Shirlington Village. Our pet-friendly apartments are designed to give you and your pet the space you both need to stay happy all-year round, so give us a call today!

20
Nov 17

5 Ways to Keep Healthy This Winter

Woman RunningAlthough you can get sick during any season, it always seems like winter is the worst when it comes to illness. But you probably don’t have time to be sick, so you want to do what you can to stay healthy this winter. Fortunately, we can help. Here are some great tips for keeping healthy during the next few months!

5 Tips for a Healthier Winter

1. Get Your Flu Shot

Few people want to get a shot unless they have to, and there is no one making you get a flu shot. But you should know that getting a flu shot can significantly decrease your chances of catching the flu. Even if you do get sick, your symptoms will be much less severe if you get a flu shot.

2. Carry and Use Hand Sanitizer

Bringing a little bottle of hand sanitizer and using it at the right times, like after you shake someone’s hands, can do a lot to help you avoid getting sick. Germs are commonly passed through the hands, and hand sanitizer can virtually eliminate those germs when used as directed.

3. Make a Plan

Winter brings dark days and cold weather, which can have a negative effect on your mood and ultimately your health. While it can seem easier to hole up and just try to stay warm, in reality, it is healthier for you to have some goals that you pursue during the winter. Keeping active and motivated can do a lot for your health.

4. Exercise

Winter can also make it hard to exercise, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. Regular exercise boosts your immune system and elevates your mood.

5. Use Your Own Pen

Whenever you share a pen in a public setting you are risking picking up a virus. Considering how cheap disposable pens are, there is no need to put yourself at risk. Pick up a package of pens and always have one with you.

Enjoy Arlington This Winter

Our management team is here to help you enjoy Arlington all throughout the winter. Please contact us with any questions about the area, or to learn more about any of our Arlington apartments!

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