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16
Apr 18

Stretches to Do at Your Work Desk

Woman StretchingSitting at your desk can be surprisingly exhausting. From back problems to eye strain, office jobs cause a wide array of physical issues. Some of these can be circumvented by taking an occasional stretch break. Whether you spend hours at your work desk each week or simply scrolling through your Facebook News Feed in your Centennial apartment, it’s worth your while to devote a few minutes to these simple stretches:

4 Easy Desk Stretches to Try

  • Cat and cow. This pose isn’t just for your yoga mat. Begin by sitting tall with your feet flat on the floor. Arch your back to look up and open the front of your torso. After exhaling, round your spine. This should open your back. Repeat the sequence at least five times, inhaling and exhaling deeply throughout.
  • Clasping neck stretch. This seated stretch simultaneously targets your neck and upper back. Place your palms at the back of your head and clasp your hands. Sit tall but begin to tuck your chin towards your chest. Apply gentle pressure with your hands.
  • Threading the needle. This glute stretch will relieve pressure in your lower back—a common source of pain for office workers. While seated, place your left ankle just above your right knee. To ‘thread the needle,’ place your left hand between your left and right legs to grab behind the right thigh. You can also apply pressure with your right hand. Lift both legs to get a deep glute stretch. Switch after ten slow breaths.
  • Calf stretch. This stretch requires you to stand up from your desk chair, but it’s worth it. Grab the edge of your desk or the back of your chair with both hands. Place your right foot about two feet in front of your left, with both facing forward. Bend your right leg and straighten your left, aiming to get your left heel on the floor. Count to ten slowly before switching sides.

A few simple stretches could banish pain and stiffness. Set aside five minutes to stretch; you’ll instantly feel better.

Get out of your desk chair and into the community. Located in a vibrant neighborhood, Greenwood Plaza makes it all possible. Contact us today to learn more about our floor plans and amenities.

9
Apr 18

Dog Bathing Tips

Dog Getting a BathLiving with a furry companion has plenty of perks but when your dog brings home a bunch of dirt and grime after a day of fun exploring around Centennial, a quick bath is a must. But as many pet owners are aware, giving your pup a bath is often easier said than done. Have you been having trouble getting Fido to enjoy their bath time? Check out a few of our favorite dog bathing tips to keep your dog—and your apartment—clean and beautiful.

5 Simple Dog Bathing Tips

1. Play First

Your dog is much less likely to put up a fuss in the bath if they’ve already expended lots of energy. If possible, take your dog out for a walk or go play fetch before having them hop in the tub.

2. Check the Water Temperature

Puppies and small dogs can be very sensitive to cold and hot water, so be sure to pay close attention to the temperature of their bath water. Bath water should be warm enough to keep them comfortable for a few minutes while you lather.

3. Safety First

Paws and slippery surfaces don’t always mix. Prevent your pup from slipping around and feeling distressed by placing a non-slip mat in the tub first.

4. Invest in High-Quality Tools

Find a brand of high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner that is hypo-allergenic and provides plenty of suds. Stay away from heavy fragrances that could lead to an allergic reaction and remember to always rinse well.

5. Don’t Forget the Treats

It is totally acceptable to break out the treats before, during and after bathtime to help let your dog know that baths are fun and rewarding. As long as they are healthy and on the smaller side, it is perfectly okay to reward your dog for being such a good sport.

A Clean Dog is a Happy Dog

Even though it may not seem like it, your dog really does enjoy feeling clean and snuggly, so don’t be afraid to give them a bath at least once a month. To take a look at the available floor plans at our pet-friendly apartments in Centennial, visit our office at Greenwood Plaza today.

2
Apr 18

4 Unique Eggs Benedict Recipes

Eggs BenedictApril 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day, a great opportunity to try out some new twists on the breakfast classic at Greenwood Plaza Apartments in Centennial. Although it’s sometimes associated with fancy restaurants, Eggs Benedict has many variations—from spicy to meaty—to brighten your morning meal. Not necessarily morning, either, as the egg dish may be served at any meal, including dinner.

If you don’t want to buy prepared hollandaise, it’s easy to make your own using the microwave. You can make hollandaise sauce for two servings quickly in the microwave by first melting 1/4 cup of butter. Separate two eggs and beat the yolks with 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the melted butter slowly into the egg yolk mixture, beating with a wire whisk. Heat for 10 seconds in the microwave until the sauce is hot enough to top your poached eggs.

Mexican-Inspired Chorizo and Guacamole Eggs Benedict

This recipe can be made with corn tortillas, gluten-free, or whole wheat bagel halves. Top toasted tortillas or bagels with guacamole (prepared or fresh), cooked chorizo sausage, a poached egg, and your choice of salsa and Cotija or other Mexican cheese.

Irish Eggs Benedict

You can make your own corned beef hash from leftover corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. Chop corned beef into bite-sized chunks and cook in a pan with chopped cabbage, potatoes, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Top a toasted English muffin with a slice of tomato, corned beef hash, and a poached egg. You can use store-bought hollandaise sauce or make your own.

Eggs Benedict Over Waffles

Using frozen waffles of your choice or ones you made on your own, top a cooked waffle with ham or Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Combining two breakfast classics, lox and bagels, with Eggs Benedict, this dish can be dressed up with a puffed pastry round as a base or simplified with a toasted half bagel. Bake prepared puff pastry rounds or toast bagels, then top with 2 ounces of smoked salmon, a poached egg, hollandaise sauce, and chopped green onions or capers.

Our floor plans feature fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, perfect for trying these recipes or even experimenting with your own variation on Eggs Benedict. Give us a call today to learn more about our Centennial apartments.

19
Mar 18

Healthy Eye Care Tips

People Working at DeskEach day, about 2,000 Americans experience vision loss due to an eye injury that occurred on the job. Accordingly, there are over one million people in the United States who have some degree of vision loss due to workplace eye injuries. This has resulted in the loss of $300 million in the form of work time, workman’s compensation, and medical expenses.

Even if you don’t think the topic of workplace eye health and safety applies to you, it may be relevant to your employees, coworkers, or loved ones. In honor of Workplace Eye Health and Safety month, here are some healthy eye care tips.

Healthy Eye Care Tips

A common misconception is that eye injuries occur most frequently among employees who are outdoors. While it is true that employees in the construction, landscaping, and animal handling industries are more prone to eye injuries, these individuals are not the only ones who are susceptible to eye injuries on the job. In fact, computer vision syndrome is one of the most common eye injuries. Extensive time in front of the screen and not taking enough breaks can lengthen the amount of time between blinks. This hinders the ability of the eyes to stay moistened and lubricated.

Here are a few tips that can help you prevent computer vision syndrome:

  • Reposition your screen. If there are direct light sources near your screen, you should adjust your screen so that it is positioned at a right angle away from these light sources. You should buy an anti-glare screen to make computer work more gentle on the eyes.
  • Practice the 20-20-20 rule. According to the 20-20-20 rule, you should look at an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes you spend in front of the screen.
  • Remind yourself to blink. Consider writing a reminder to yourself to blink. A common cause of the computer vision syndrome is neglecting to blink as often as usual. Blinking more often will prevent your eyes from getting dried out.
  • Use artificial tears. If you have issues with dry eyes, you should use over-the-counter eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable when using the computer.

If you have friends and loved ones who spend hours in front of the computer every day due to work, you should consider sharing these healthy eye care tips with them. Contact us if you’re interested in joining the Greenwood Plaza community and living in our Centennial apartments.

12
Mar 18

Safety Tips for Using a Gas Fireplace

FireplaceHaving a gas fireplace provides you with a way to stay cozy on cool nights without having to deal with firewood. While gas fireplaces are more convenient to use than wood-burning ones, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing so safely. Keep the following gas fireplace safety tips in mind.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Since gas fireplaces use natural gas, there’s a risk of having carbon monoxide leak into your home. Having carbon monoxide detectors in your apartment means that you’ll be instantly alerted if this does happen. Just make sure that your detectors are in good condition and able to work properly. Remember to change the batteries once a year, or get in touch with management at your apartment to let them know that your detector needs new batteries.

Don’t Touch the Screen or Glass

When your gas fireplace is on, the protective screen or glass in front of it gets very hot. Avoid touching it while you have a fire going. If you have pets or children around, make sure that they’re unable to get close enough to the screen or glass to touch it. This helps prevent burns from occurring.

Report Problems Promptly

If you experience any problems with your gas fireplace, such as if it won’t turn on, make sure that management knows. This helps ensure that you have your fireplace checked and repaired as needed. If your fireplace isn’t working correctly, don’t use it until it’s been fixed.

Keep Controls Out of Reach of Children and Pets

If you have a remote control for your gas fireplace, keep it out of reach of children and pets who might accidentally step on it or decide to play with it. If your gas fireplace uses a switch, consider putting up a gate to prevent children from going near it and turning it on.

Keep Flammable Items Away

Gas fireplaces release high amounts of heat, so make sure that you don’t have anything flammable close to yours. You should have at least two feet of space clear around your fireplace.

Select floor plans in our community include a gas fireplace, along with several other amenities. Please contact us today to learn more about our available apartments in Centennial, CO.

5
Mar 18

4 Ways to Repurpose Candle Jars

Candle JarJar candles are perfect for our apartments in Centennial. They are beautiful, fragrant and glowing. But if you are a candle lover, chances are you have a growing collection of candle jars that you aren’t sure what to do with. They’re too lovely to leave in the recycling bin, but they do present a conundrum. Here are some ideas for repurposing your candle jars.

How to Remove Wax From Candle Jars

The easiest way to remove the wax from candle jars is to pop it into the freezer overnight. Use a spoon or butter knife to remove the wax remnants, then wash with warm, soapy water.

1. Turn it Into a Vase

Candle jars make excellent vases. If you like the labels on your candle jars, which are often floral-themed, you can even opt to leave the label on. Display candle jar vases anywhere in your Centennial, CO, apartment, including the bathroom counter, kitchen counter, or dining table.

2. Organize Makeup Tools

If you’re like many people, you have a drawer full of makeup tools like brushes and applicators. Instead of using up valuable drawer space, why not display your pretty brushes on the bathroom countertop by stowing them in a clean and empty candle jar? You’ll be able to keep brush bristles from bending, plus all your favorite applicators will be in plain sight for you to pick and choose from. Mini candle jars are ideal for holding smaller beauty items like Q-tips, cotton balls, eyelash curlers and tubes of mascara.

3. Store Art Supplies

Do you have a creative side? If so, it’s likely that you have an impressive assortment of drawing tools like markers and colored pencils. Keep them all in plain sight, ready for your creative genius to strike, by storing them in candle jars.

4. Grow Spring Bulbs

In your apartment home at Greenwood Plaza, it’s fun to decorate with live plants. A beautiful spring bulb flower is the perfect way to welcome spring into your home, and a candle jar is the perfect nurturing place. Just fill the jar with nutrient-dense potting soil, plant the bulb and watch it grow into a fragrant, attractive flower for your desk, coffee table or kitchen counter.

Find out how beautiful the apartments at Greenwood Plaza in Centennial, Colorado, really are. Contact us to view available floor plans.

19
Feb 18

How to Host a Movie Night

Popcorn With ButterThere’s nothing quite like hosting a movie night right in the comfort of your own home. You get to invite the friends and loved ones you want to spend time with. And, you can relax with a good meal, have a few laughs, and really unwind. It does not have to be a big deal at all – or it can be if you want it to be. At Greenwood Plaza, we encourage you to enjoy life in our apartments in Centennial in any way right for your needs.

Tips for a Successful Movie Night

Before movie night rolls around, take a few minutes to gather a few ideas. Of course, you will need to pick a movie or two to watch (it is best to have a backup on hand). You’ll want to invite your favorite people along. Then, consider these tips.

  • Get the room ready. Arrange furniture so that everyone has a great seat. Pick up a few large pillows to add to the floor for extra seating. Your guests may want a few extra seating options so they can get comfortable.
  • Get some food ready. Keep it to finger foods. Popcorn – perhaps with a gourmet twist of added chocolate or toppings – is a must. You can also choose other foods, such as candies. Be sure to offer a variety of drinks your guests will appreciate.
  • Make the room comfortable. Add a few blankets to the space to ensure people can get comfy. You may also want to dim your lighting enough to ensure that there’s no obstruction on the television.
  • Encourage guests to bring something. It doesn’t have to be much, perhaps a small dessert to share. This helps everyone feel involved.
  • Have some time to just talk. You’ll want to do this before the movie begins. This gives the group some time to get their work day out of their mind before the movie starts.

Ready to Find a Spacious Home for Your Next Movie Night?

Are you looking for a home that offers lots of space for yourself and your friends and loved ones? Give our team a call to find out which of our apartments in Centennial are currently available. At Greenwood Plaza, we welcome you to connect with our team today.

12
Feb 18

Washer and Dryer Best Practices

Greenwood Plaza Washer and DryerWhen you use an appliance all the time, it’s easy to assume you know everything there is to know about it. But there are still mysteries to discover in even the most mundane of places. It’s common for people to waste energy and bump up their energy bills if they aren’t aware of the best practices for each device in their home. Follow these tips if you’re looking to get the most out of your washer and dryer.

Washer Wonders

Your washer works best when it’s filled to capacity, running with cold water, and using the right kind of soap. Regular soap will be far too sudsy in a front-loading washer, which can affect the quality of your clothes after a while. Cold water will ensure that you don’t use up too much energy, so skip the hot water unless you’re a car mechanic with lots of oil stains. You should also just say no to the sanitary cycle whenever possible. Opt for the high-spin option (if you have one) to further lower your energy bills. Finally, leave the door open after you’ve finished using your front-loader to decrease the likelihood of mold, and rinse your washer once a month by running a normal cycle with a cup of bleach.

Dryer Delights

Much of what you can do to increase your dryer’s efficiency has to do with the filter. Cleaning it after every load is both an energy saver and a safety precaution, as it reduces the odds the dryer will catch on fire. You should also be scrubbing the filter to clean off any film left behind by your dryer sheets (if you use them). Experts say to do this with a toothbrush about once a month. Finally, choose the moisture sensor option if it’s an available setting. It senses when clothes are dry and cuts the dryer off so you conserve energy without even trying.

Our apartments in Centennial conveniently have in-home washer and dryers. It’s just one of many ways we make it easy for our residents to live their lives without a lot of hassle. For more information on any of our available apartments, give us a call today to learn more about our community!

5
Feb 18

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Valentine's Day CocktailIt may feel as though Christmas was just last week, but already the gloom of January is behind us and the most romantic night of the year is rapidly approaching.

It’s the ideal evening for you and that special someone to enjoy something a bit different, so why not set the tone with one of these luxurious Valentine’s Day cocktails?

Some Simple Valentine’s Cocktail Recipes

Mata Hari

A vivid romantic red in color, the Mata Hari uses good cognac and vermouth as a base, offset with syrup and pomegranate juice for sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ oz cognac
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz plain syrup
  • ¾ oz pomegranate juice

Mix all the ingredients with ice, shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled glass.

For an extra flourish, you can decorate with rosebuds, if available.

Figgy Sparkler

Champagne must be the ultimate in romantic drinks and it’s the base for this unique recipe.

Ingredients  

  • 4 oz champagne (or other sparkling wine)
  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 1 fig (dried or fresh)
  • 2 halved orange slices
  • 6 cranberries

Crush three of the cranberries and mix them with the fig, oranges, vodka and some ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into flute glasses. Top up with the champagne.

Use the remaining cranberries and some orange twist as an optional garnish.

Red Lotus

Vodka is probably the most popular cocktail base of all, but this one adds a lychee liqueur for a unique twist of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 1 ½ oz lychee liqueur (a number of brands are now available in stores)
  • 1 oz cranberry juice

Simply mix with ice in a shaker and strain into glasses. You can add lychees or cranberries as a garnish if required.

Cloud Nine

Combine the sweet pink of strawberries and cream with vodka for perhaps the ultimate in Valentine’s Day luxury and romance.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz whipped dessert vodka
  • 1 oz strawberry liqueur
  • 1 oz milk mixed with 1 oz cream (“half and half”)

Put all the ingredients in a blender with a cup of ice and mix until smooth.

Pour into cocktail glasses. These can be rimmed with strawberry candy if desired.

Of course, these are just a few of the many cocktails which can make for a really special Valentine’s Day, and it’s just one of the many celebrations the residents of our Centennial apartments are looking forward to.

If you like the idea of luxury apartment living in Denver’s Tech Center, why not get in touch and check out our Greenwood Plaza floor plans today.

22
Jan 18

4 Tasty Homemade Treats to Make for Your Dog

Dog Treats in a JarIf you like to purchase treats for your dogs, chances are you know from personal experience how quickly the cost of dog treats can add up. Dog owners who want to save money without cutting corners should consider making homemade dog treats for their pet. Here are four easy and tasty treats that you can make at home for your dog.

1. Peanut Butter Treats

Just about all dogs love peanut butter. Therefore, you should consider making peanut butter treats. To make quick and easy dog treats, all you need is two eggs, two cups of flour, and half of a cup of peanut butter. Just mix all of the ingredients together and slowly add water until the mixture has a dough-like consistency. You can then use cookie cutters to finish making the dog treats.

2. Chicken Dog Treats

Dogs also love chicken so you can expect the chicken dog treats to be a huge hit with your pet. For this simple recipe, you need a half cup of cooked rice, one cup of diced chicken, one egg, three tablespoons of rice flour, and some parsley. You can replace the chicken with any other type of meat as a substitute. You can use cookie cutters to shape the mixture into dog treats.

3. Two-Ingredient Dog Treats

If you’re new to cooking, you should consider making these two-ingredient dog treats. In fact, even if you have plenty of experience with cooking, you should start out with this recipe if you’ve never made dog treats before. For this recipe, all you need are two jars of pureed baby food and two cups of flour, preferably organic whole wheat flour.

4. Five-Ingredient Dog Biscuit Recipe

Once you have a little experience when it comes to making dog treats, you can try your hand at a five-ingredient dog biscuit recipe. You will need oats, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, flaxseed, and beef broth. If you don’t have cookie cutters on hand to shape the dough into dog biscuits, you can use the bottom of shot glasses.

Making homemade treats are a great way to save money without having to give up spoiling your dog. Consider using one of these recipes to make dog treats and take the dog biscuits along with you to the local pet park in your community. If you’re interested in learning about joining the Greenwood Plaza community and moving into our pet-friendly Centennial apartments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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