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15
Jan 18

Easy Winter Decor Ideas

Blankets on a TableWinter is here! This is a perfect opportunity to decorate your home with beautiful winter decorations. From natural greenery and pine cones to candles and comfy blankets, these tips will help you make your apartment a sparkling winter wonderland.

Wonderful Winter Centerpiece

Decorate your table with a vase of white wintry flowers, then scatter the table with confetti snowflakes. For a more rustic look, place a 12 inch wide, 6-inch tall birch tree log upright in the center of the table, then decorate the flat surface of the stump with candles or tea lights in candle holders. Don’t like either idea? Fill a glass dish with icy blue glass beads, then place a single candle in the middle.

Icy Beautiful Winter Wreath

Use white, blue or silver ribbon to decorate a wreath made of twigs and sticks. To give the wreath a naturally beautiful scent, tie cinnamon sticks in the center of the bow at the bottom of the wreath. For a finishing touch, attach a sprig with white berries to the side of the wreath.

Candles

Decorate your entire apartment with flickering, warm candles. If you plan to light your candles on cold winter nights, use artificial candles. They’re safer to use and they create far less mess in your home.

Items from Nature

Do you start to miss spending time outdoors when winter chill sets in? You can take care of that problem by bringing in natural items from the outdoors. Decorate your tables with large pine cones, sprigs of evergreen branches, and holly branches with red berries. Don’t forget that holly berries are toxic, so if you have pets or children, use artificial holly to keep members of your household safe.

Comfy Throw Blankets and Pillows

Baby, it’s cold outside. But you can stay warm in your comfortable apartment! Decorate your couch with throw blankets and pillows to make it easier to curl up on a cold winter evening.

Enjoy Your Winter at Greenwood Plaza

We’re having a wonderful winter at Greenwood Plaza. At our Centennial apartments, we’re having a great time decorating apartments and staying cozy indoors. Want to know more about what it’s like to live in our community? Come by to see our available floor plans! Call today to make an appointment.

8
Jan 18

5 Great Tips to Stay Organized at Work

Woman Writing a To-Do ListWhether it’s a new job or a new year at work, staying organized is a top priority for most people. No matter how passionate residents of our apartments in Centennial, CO are about their careers, the workflow can become overwhelming. All it takes is a surprisingly difficult assignment or a bit of unexpected weather. These five practical tips will help you stay organized regardless of the interruptions headed your way.

Avoid Multitasking

It sounds great but it actually takes longer. Instead, focus on one task at a time. You’ll finish it much faster than if you worked on multiples. One study suggests that the recovery time from even trivial interruptions is 26 minutes. Planning to work on just one assignment greatly reduces stress.

Use at Least One Planner

You might prefer paper or a phone app. Physically recording tasks and appointments helps cement them in your head. Make sure to set aside a regular time each week to look at the upcoming entries and refresh your memory.

Make a To-Do List

Making lists helps workers prioritize tasks and appointments. The end of the day is a good time to start the next one’s to-do list. Assignments you didn’t complete might end up in the top spots. Did you know that the activity of creating a list utilizes a portion of the human brain that might not normally get used?

Plan Periodic Breaks

Don’t feel guilty about scheduling them during the workday. The most important one might be at least 30 minutes for lunch. Chances are, you’ll be a lot more productive after freeing your mind long enough to let it wander rather than grinding away all day without pause.

Keep a Clean Desk

It’s not just attractive. It helps you stay organized and focused on tasks at hand. Productivity experts blame drops in motivation and output on clutter. Let a clean desk drive your mindset to accomplish assignments.

Using these five tips lets residents of our Centennial apartments in Denver’s bustling Tech Center stay organized at work and enjoy life once they arrive home. Call us today to learn which of our pet-friendly one-, two- or three-bedroom floor plans is the perfect fit for your needs.

18
Dec 17

Colorado Winter Events and Celebrations

SkiingWhether it’s snowy or sunny, Colorado is a beautiful place to be during the winter. If you’re looking for events in and around the city, check out the following celebrations when you’re starting to feel a little cooped up.

The Christkindl Market in Denver

The Christkindl Market is open until December 23, and it’s one of the best places to find unique gifts for the many people on your list. This famous spot is known for far more than just shopping though. You’ll also get plenty of holiday entertainment and community as you soak up the spirit of the holidays. This market is also an excellent choice if you’re looking for a traditional snack or a beverage that will warm you up inside and out!

Winterfest in Pagosa Springs

Take a day trip to the Winterfest in Pagosa Springs which is being held from February 3–4 and includes a hot air balloon ascension, a bike race, and a downhill sled competition. However, what it’s really known for is the famous Penguin Plunge. Fearless people dive into the San Juan River for the sake of local charities in the area as attendees cheer them on. Watch everyone take the notorious jump in as you take in all the natural beauty of Pagosa Springs. Just remember that all events are contingent on how Mother Nature decides to behave!

Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs

Venture out for the day to the Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs to witness and take part in a tradition more than 100 years old. Picture a hoop on fire and a brave skier hopping through it, or a grown man being tugged down main street by a horse — on a shovel! Add in a parade and some fireworks, and this celebration is going to be one memorable event! Taking place from February 7–11, the Winter Carnival promises to be a truly great way to beat those winter blues.

Living in our Centennial apartments puts you in the heart of some of the best parts of Colorado. From Denver to Aurora, you have access to practically everything you could ever want and then some. If you’re looking for an apartment community with the perfect location, give Greenwood Plaza a call to schedule a tour!

11
Dec 17

Stress-Free Holiday Parties

Holiday Dinner TableAt Greenwood Plaza, we encourage our residents to welcome their loved ones to their apartment in Centennial. But, no one wants to worry about all of the stress of holding a big event. No matter if you are inviting just a few people or the entire family, you can host a stress-free holiday party. All it takes is a bit of planning. These tips can help.

Get Organized

One of the first steps to take is to get organized. Create a to-do list of every activity and task you need to complete. It’s important to do this for peace of mind. You won’t worry about everything you have forgotten to do. List out the food you’ll make, the steps you’ll take to set up your home, and who you’ll invite.

Make Meals Ahead of Time

No one wants to come to your home for a holiday party and then watch you cook. Instead, choose recipes that are easy to make ahead of time. You may want to choose menus that allow you to cook food in a slow cooker or roaster to give you even more time. You’ll want to choose items that keep well like soups and stews. Be sure all of your desserts are made a day or two in advance as well.

Make Drinks Accessible

You do not have to run back and forth to get drinks for each one of your guests. Instead, create a little table or bar area. Provide glasses, ice, bottled drinks, and any type of wine or other beverages you’ll serve. This allows your guests to help themselves and it keeps you less stressed.

Deck the Halls in Advance

Another step to focus on – decorating. Do this a few days in advance, but keep things cost effective and simple. Use colored ornaments for a table centerpiece. Use colors that represent the holidays. You can also use lights to set the tone.

Make It Special Close to Home

For those who would love to host such a party but may not have the space necessary, we welcome you to learn more about Greenwood Plaza. Check out our available apartments in Centennial. Our office is happy to help you learn more today.

4
Dec 17

Giving Back to the Community

Man on LaptopThe holiday seasons seems to heighten awareness about the need for giving back to the community. Following through on that instinct often comes with a sense of personal fulfillment. These are some ideas for residents of Greenwood Plaza to consider about lending a helping hand in Centennial, Colorado.

Organize a Food Drive

Taking the lead on a food drive may be easier than you think. It doesn’t necessarily take the alpha pack member to bring people together and fill boxes full of non-perishable items. In fact, social media makes it easier than ever before. Think about activities you and your inner circle consider fun. This could include throwing a cocktail party, organizing a girls or guys night out, anything that brings you all together. The simple catch is that everyone donates an item.

More extensive plans might include stopping by a local coffee shop and asking the proprietor if they have a slow night you could host a get-together. Tap friends who have special talents such as comedy, playing and instrument, even juggling works. Then, reach out to any music organizations that hold food drives. Book a volunteer talent lineup, promote it on Facebook and the business owner will be ecstatic for a busier night. A great social event for a good cause, that’s a win-win.

Build a House

Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity do good works all year-round. They have programs that help construct affordable homes for economically disadvantaged members of the community. Volunteers do not necessarily need a construction-oriented skill such as carpentry or plumbing to participate. Home-building sites need people to provide an assortment of support services while others handle the hammers. Being part of building a home for a family in need of their own can be immensely rewarding.

Promote Your Favorite Cause on Social Media

Giving back to the community doesn’t have to involve a large time investment. Many people who lead busy lives can utilize the Internet to make a huge difference. Most charities or causes have an online funding presence. Simply promote the charitable organization or organizations of your choice across social media. That brings awareness to countless people who might not have known about the resource.

Reach Out to Local Non-Profits

A quick Google search of the area will bring up a variety of non-profit organizations that are tasked with helping others. Take a moment to look through the options and call those of interest. Get some information about a community organization that fits your passion and schedule. These might include assisting with a Toys for Tots event or donating blankets to a homeless shelter.

We hope these ideas provide our Greenwood Plaza community members with charitable options to consider. If you or a friend would like more information about our Centennial apartments, call us today.

20
Nov 17

5 Tips for Quickly Cleaning Your Kitchen

Cleaning ProductsThere’s nothing quite like a clean kitchen. With the aid of a few helpful tips, you’ll find yourself able to sweep up and clean up in no time. When you live with us at Greenwood Plaza, you’ll want to spend more time doing the things you love and less time managing kitchen duty. Luckily, our apartments in Greenwood Plaza have plenty to offer to you.

Tips for Fast Clean Up in Your Kitchen

To enjoy all of the things there are to do here, check out these five tips. They will help you clean up your kitchen in no time.

#1: Keep the Dishwasher Empty

The surefire way to avoid having to have a sink full of dirty dishes to manage is to keep your dishwasher empty and ready for dirty pieces as they come. You’ll be able to eat a meal and pop the dish into it and avoid the messy cleanup after dinner.

#2: Use Your Microwave

Did you know that if you microwave a few wet paper towels in the microwave for just a few seconds, they’ll help you power clean surfaces in no time? The heat helps penetrate through and removes stuck on messes.

#3: Use a Sink of Hot, Soapy Water for Everything

Using a dishcloth and a sink full of hot, soapy water, wash down all of the surfaces. After wiping off one area, rinse the dishcloth out and dip it back into the hot water to do another area.

#4: Sweep Up Routinely

When it comes to keeping the floor clean, it is all about cleaning as you go. You don’t have to sweep as often if you pick up items as you drop them. Teach the kids to do the same thing. Then, use a gentle mop to clean up surfaces.

#5: Fingerprints on Stainless

A simple and fast way to shine stainless steel is to use that same soapy water to wash down a portion of the appliance. Then, immediately use dry paper towels to dry and shine it.

Ready for a Move to Your Dream Home?

If you’re looking for luxury apartments in Centennial, check out what we have to offer at Greenwood Plaza.

13
Nov 17

How to Help Your Pet Adjust to Their New Home

Small Dog and Cat CuddlingMoving into a new apartment is a busy and exciting time but for your pets, it can be a tough transition. At Greenwood Plaza, we love your pets almost as much as you do and want to make sure that they settle in nicely. So, to prepare for the big day, follow a few of our favorite preparation tips to make sure everyone in the family feels happy and comfortable.

6 Proven Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust to Their New Home

1. Be Consistent

Do your best to keep up with the regular routine. Be sure to stick to their feeding schedule and don’t forget playtime, walks, cuddling and bedtime too.

2. Bring Their Favorites

You may be tempted to make your pets feel better by buying them new toys but their old favorites will bring them the most comfort. Be sure to bring their favorite bed, toys, food, treats and other familiar items.

3. Minimize Anxiety

Sometimes, even the most well-cared for and beloved pets will still be able to sense that something strange is going on. So, decrease anxiety by giving them what they need. Whether that means sticking by their side or staying out of the way in their comfy crate.

4. Keep Them Safe

Pets can easily get in the way during the packing and moving stages, so be sure to keep them far away from potential hazards. Moving can be confusing, so be sure that they always have proper identification on and that your contact info is up-to-date.

5. Remember to Be Patient

Give your pets time to adjust to their new surroundings and allow them to explore. If they need to hide for a while that’s okay, just remember to keep up with potty breaks and give them access to food and water too.

6. Give Them Love

Let them know that you’re not going anywhere by taking time for a little TLC whenever possible.

Welcome to Our Pet-Friendly Community

Moving with your pets shouldn’t be any more stressful than absolutely necessary. For more information on our pet-friendly apartments in Centennial or to schedule a tour, be sure to visit our office or give us a call today.

6
Nov 17

Helpful Thanksgiving Preparation Tips

Thanksgiving Place SettingGetting ready for Thanksgiving can be hectic and stressful if you don’t have the right plan. Therefore, the true preparations should start there—with the plan rather than with more obvious action. Then, you’ll have a roadmap for making your home ready for guests. This plan should take into account things like:

  • Cleaning
  • Decorating
  • The process you’ll use to cook the feast and keep everything at the right temperature
  • Who’ll carve the turkey, if you’re having one
  • How you’ll invite people to your gathering
  • How many guests you expect to actually come
  • Whether or not they can bring guests of their own (and if so, how many)
  • Any food restrictions anyone has
  • A contingency plan for the people who will be late
  • A plan for the ones who’ll come far too early

By planning for all of these things in advance, your Thanksgiving event will go much more smoothly than it otherwise would. Remember that snafus are the biggest risks to such events, so plan for the common ones. Then, you won’t be tempted to snap when everything doesn’t run with clockwork perfection.

After You’ve Made Your Plan

Now it’s time to start taking action. The first step should be to clean. Then, you won’t have to clean around new objects like decorations and groceries. You’ll also free up space.

Once you have your “canvas” all ready to fill, get out your Thanksgiving Day decorations. Be sure to place them in locations where your guests don’t have to be careful about them.

The day before Thanksgiving, cook up anything that tastes fine – or even improves – if it’s had a day to sit in the fridge. This includes pumpkin pies, some types of dressing, and more. Cook the turkey on the day itself if you can.

On the day, have hot plates or other equipment ready to keep things warm. There are usually too many side dishes and extras to serve them all before cooling would take place if precautions aren’t taken.

Finally, be relaxed. Remember that this is meant to be fun!

To see some of our new apartments in Centennial that are just waiting for you to warm them up with a Thanksgiving feast, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to show you our available apartment homes.

16
Oct 17

Celebrate Fall With These Festive Pumpkin Cocktails

MartiniWith October finally here, our  Centennial apartment residents are gearing up for fall with wicked decorations, frightful costumes, and delicious treats! Of course, we wanted to get in on the action too, so we’ve come up with a list of 3 enchanting pumpkin cocktails for you to try this fall.

The Pumpkin Pie Martini

What you’ll need:

• 2 ounces vanilla vodka

• ½ ounce cream liqueur (like Bailey’s)

• ½ ounce pumpkin spice syrup (try Torani) or pumpkin liqueur (again, Bailey’s makes one)

• Optional garnishes: whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon

How to make it:

1. Start by shaking the vodka and cream liqueur together with ice in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add the pumpkin syrup or liqueur to the shaker and shake again.

3. Strain the mixture into a martini glass.

4. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then serve!

The Pumpkin Fever

What you’ll need:

• 1 ounce spiced rum (try Sailor Jerry)

• 2 ounces Bols “Pumpkin Smash”

• ¼ ounce 2% milk

• ¼ ounce cream

• Optional garnishes: sugar and cinnamon for the glass rim

How to make it:

1. Wet the edge of a martini glass with liquid ¼ of an inch down the rim edge. Use a bit of spiced rum or water.

2. Add a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to a plate or shallow bowl, and dip the wet rim into the mixture to sugar the glass edge.

3. Put the glass in the fridge to chill.

4. Add all of the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and mix.

5. Strain the cocktail into your chilled, sugar-rimmed glass and serve!

The Apple Cider Cocktail

What you’ll need:

• 1 part pumpkin pie vodka (try Pinnacle brand)

• 3 parts fresh apple cider

• 1 – 2 tablespoons club soda

• Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick and lemon wedge

How to make it:

1. In the order listed above, add the ingredients to a highball glass with ice.

2. For a little extra pizzazz, pop in a cinnamon stick and twist a lemon wedge onto the side of the glass before serving.

Festive Fun at Greenwood Plaza

We love to see the amazing fall and Halloween decorations that our residents put up around this time of year. If you’re looking for apartments in Centennial this autumn, please call our office today to see which of our floor plans are currently available.

9
Oct 17

How to Keep Your Spacious Closet Nice and Tidy

Clothes Hanging in a ClosetAh! The air is clean and crisp, and the scenery is stunning around our lovely Centennial apartments. It’s autumn at Greenwood Plaza.

With the change of season, you may be in the mood to reorganize your wardrobe and get ready for all the season has to offer! Here are some tips for arranging your closet space to help you stay organized through autumn and beyond.

Tried-and-True Tips

We see these suggestions in many popular lists of top home organizing suggestions. With so many people praising these ideas, it’s worth giving them a whirl!

1. Make your morning clothes selection easy by ordering your closet by the days of the week. A time-saver as well as a space-saver!

2. Tie scarves on a hanger. A great way to keep each scarf unwrinkled and easy to select.

3. Color-code your clothes by the season. For example, hang your autumn wardrobe selection on bright yellow hangers, winter on blue, spring on green, and summer on red.

Clever Organizing Tips

Now, for a couple more space-saving ideas that you might not have considered.

4. You know that breakfast bed tray you haven’t used in a while? Set it up in the closet. It makes a great extra floor level for your shoes!

5. Have a pet carrier that you no longer use? Sanitize it and stack it at one end of the closet to store those clothes you won’t use until summer. An impressive amount of folded clothes can fit tidily in a medium-sized carrier, and the grated door on a typical carrier allows you to conveniently view what you’ve stored.

Make Your New Home at Greenwood Plaza in Centennial, Colorado 

Speaking of pets, did you know that Greenwood Plaza welcomes dogs and cats? Up to 2 pets are allowed per apartment. Our gorgeous apartments, in a variety of floor plans, offer plenty of amenities to suit your lifestyle, too.

And if you’re searching for the perfect apartment community, we look forward to welcoming you as part of ours. Come visit our airy, pet-friendly apartments in Centennial. Enjoy a visual tour now by checking out our photo gallery on our website. Call (855) 273-3148 to learn more—and, of course, to check out our spacious closets. We look forward to speaking with you!

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