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6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter

Winter is coming which means snow, the holidays, and hot chocolate. But with all the fun things associated with the season, there’s the need to keep your apartment warm and cozy. Here are some tips for making sure your apartment stays energy-efficient and warm this winter:

 

1. Put Down A Rug

If your floors feel cold, putting a rug down is a simple solution. it will not only keep your feet from feeling cold but will also add another layer of insulation. This is great for colder rooms without carpets like the bathroom and kitchen.

2. Rearrange the Furniture

Your heating system should not be blocking the heat from getting into the room. It sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many times people unknowingly block or put things too close to their vents. It will also be chillier near the perimeter of your room so think about moving furniture closer to the center.

3. Turn Down the Heat At Night-Time

Invest in a comforter or heavy blanket to keep you warm at night. Load your couch with snuggly blankets and pillows. Make your home into a cozy place you will love coming home to after being outside in the elements. The reinforcements will stop you from turning up the thermostat. Continue reading “6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter”

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Silver Spring

There’s a sleigh full of holiday events going on in the Silver Spring area! The White Oak communities are conveniently located to downtown Silver Spring and many other attractions in Montgomery County. We’ve rounded up a few seasonal local highlights coming up:

ICE! Featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is back and it’s a great opportunity to take the whole family out for an experience they won’t soon forget. See your favorite scenes from Dr. Seuss’ classic on ice. There are shows now through December 30th.

The Silver Spring Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show returns on December 8th to Veterans Plaza. Check off everyone on your list from jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods, skincare and much more. Walk around and enjoy the holiday cheer!

The National Menorah: Chanukah on the Ellipse is on Sunday, December 22nd at 4 pm. Enjoy hot latkes and donuts and a beautiful lighting ceremony. If you’re going by metro, get off at Federal Triangle, Farragut West, or the Farragut North stop. Continue reading “Celebrate the Holiday Season in Silver Spring”

5 Autumn-Inspired Decorating Tips for Your Apartment

It’s October, which means that it’s time to make your home boo-tiful with fall-inspired and holiday decor. Here are some tips on how to make simple changes to your apartment to make a seamless transition into the autumn season:

  1. Swap out a few home accessories. Nothing says fall like plaid and flannel. Give your sofa or bed a quick facelift by placing a few plaid or check marked colored throw pillows. Stick with neutral and darker colors to make it feel like fall. Simple changes like pumpkin-inspired coasters or a new tablecloth can turn your apartment into a charming and festive space.
  2. Visit the Farmer’s Market. Grab pumpkins from the Freshfarm Downtown Silver Spring Market, it operates every Saturday year-round. Pumpkins are the season’s obvious must-have but don’t be afraid to mix it up with multi-colored pumpkins or gourds. The farmer’s market has a large selection of winter squash that is great for roasting, eating, or decorating.
  3. Add some mood lighting. Lighting is essential to creating an ambiance so don’t overlook it when you start incorporating your seasonal decorations. A string of orange lights or orb lights will help you achieve a subtle Halloween look. Candles make any space feel cozy. There are Halloween themed ones or pick a candle with autumn scents like Cinnamon, Apple Pie, or Hazelnut. Consider using electric candles for added safety if you have pets or kids in your apartment.
  4. Stock up on sweet treats. You’ll need to load up on sweet treats if you’re expecting trick or treaters. Why not store them in colorful jars and bowls? If October had an official color it would be orange and candy corn in a clear jar is a fun way to add a splash of orange to your place. Plus your friends and family will enjoy grabbing a few treats on their way out as well.
  5. Get crafty. If you want to get creative, there are lots of easy do-it-yourself decorations you can create. One idea is making candy corn painted wine bottles. Take an empty wine bottle, strip the label off and then paint it in stripes of yellow, orange, and white. It makes the perfect holiday-inspired decoration.

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Top 5 Parks in Silver Spring

One of the best things you can do is take in nature’s beauty. Thankfully, Silver Spring has many places to do just that. We rounded up a list of must-see parks in the area. Make the most of your fall and check out these beautiful parks:

  1. Rock Creek Park passes along the west side of Silver Spring, and offers hiking trails, picnic grounds, and bicycling on weekends. The park is one of the larger ones in the area at 2,100 acres. It’s also home to fun attractions like the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Rock Creek Planetarium, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center. After your park day is done, you can easily walk over to the Smithsonian National Zoo as the park borders it.Dog Park
  2. Acorn Park is in the downtown area of Silver Spring. The park used to be Francis Preston Blair’s estate named “Silver Spring” (sound familiar?) which was inspired by a mica-speckled spring he discovered. Although the park is not very large, it packs in plenty to see with an acorn-shaped gazebo and beautiful murals.
  3. Wheaton Regional Park is a great spot for families with an adventure playground, which includes climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sandcastle, and more. The Brookside Nature center has live reptile and mammal displays that are fun for all ages. Tennis lovers will enjoy the six outdoor courts and when the weather is not so nice there is the Wheaton Indoor Tennis Facility available.
  4. Sligo Creek Park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and bicycling. With over 10 miles of hard surface trail, there are several areas to explore that provide recreation for people of all ages and abilities. There are 15 picnic areas along the path that are free to use. The parks ends at Wheaton Regional Park if you want to hit two parks in one day.
  5. Ellsworth Urban Park is a 3.6-acre park that surrounds the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River and is home to a playground area and tennis courts. The park just added a new dog park— a great place for your four-legged friends to run and frolic. Their dog park has separate areas for dogs over and under 20 pounds. Plus, there are benches to relax as you sit and watch your dogs play. The park has ample parking and is within walking distance to many restaurants and shops.

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Fall Festivities in Silver Spring

It’s that time of year again when the weather cools off and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, autumn leaves, and beloved fall-inspired events return. So throw on a jacket and head to any of these events in the area to bring in the season in style:

The 6th Annual Dance and Music Festival at Veteran’s Plaza in downtown Silver Spring kicks off Sunday, September 22. The free events runs from 3 pm – 9 pm and features dance performances. All ages welcome. Continue reading “Fall Festivities in Silver Spring”