7 Ideas for Your Self-Care

Over the last decade, the self-care industry has flourished thanks to the advent of social influencers, self-help bloggers, and society’s increased emphasis on mental health. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” While self-care refers to completing basic functions that maintain health and hygiene. The term has also come to refer to enjoying luxuries of all magnitudes from eating an extra scoop of ice cream to purchasing a new laptop. All your self-care choices should be done within reason. In other words, if you are struggling to make a tuition payment, maybe don’t buy the top-of-the-line new smartphone. The goal of the cultural-version of self-care is to recognize your accomplishments, no matter how small, and celebrate them.

The phrase “treat yourself” has become the iconic mantra of self-care because it embodies the notion of rewarding oneself through enjoyable activities and purchases. If you recognize the need to focus on your own self-care, here are seven ideas for how to treat yourself:

1. Take A Bath

Beyond basic cleanliness, a long, warm bath and a good book can be a great way to relax after a stressful day or week. Light your favorite scented-candle and drop in a bath bomb for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment. Your muscles will thank you when they are tension-free as you head to bed.

2. Watch An Extra Episode

Are you just dying to know what happens in the next episode of the show you are currently trying not to binge-watch? There is no harm in watching one more episode if you have the time. Maybe the dishes need to be done or the dog needs to be groomed – if a minor chore stands between you and your desire to watch an extra episode, then treat yourself!

3. Order Two Appetizers

Counting calories has its time and place. If you are out to dinner for a special occasion, don’t kick yourself in the butt for ordering extra treats. While going out for a meal is about food, it is also about good company. More food means longer time spent at the table engaging in conversation. It’s all about the apps!

4. Plan Your Dream Trip 

Whether you want to take a road trip one state over or have dreamed about exploring Machu Picchu since you were a kid, now is the time. You don’t have to actually take the trip tomorrow. Simply starting to plan is a step in the “treat yourself” direction! You’ll be surprised how exciting it can be to save time off and money when you know it’s for something you’re looking forward to.

5. Cut Out the Negative

Self-care isn’t all about bringing goods things into your life. It’s also about letting go of the bad. From letting go of friends who don’t have your best interests at heart to decluttering your apartment, it can be very relieving to remove people and things from your life that are holding you back from living your best life.

6. Splurge A Little

You never want to make a purchase that is going to prevent you from paying for your non-negotiables (rent, insurance, groceries, etc.), but every now and then it is nice to indulge in that item that is just outside of your budget. For some people that might be buying a popular brand of athletic apparel and for others that might mean buying lunch out one day per week instead of packing it.

7. Spend More Time On You

It can be challenging to make time for yourself with the hustle and bustle of life sweeping you along. Between work, family, friends, and responsibilities it can sometimes seem impossible to make time for yourself to do little things like paint your nails, workout, or dance around the living room. Whatever it is that makes you feel like you, make more time for it.

Self-care is easier to do when you live somewhere that you love. If you are searching for a new place to call home where you can watch extra TV episodes, read in the bath, hang your splurge buys, and more, then explore the White Oak Communities of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes. From one to three-bedroom apartments, there is a layout to suit anyone’s lifestyle and self-care regimen.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.

 

  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!

 

 

Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Meet Your Neighbors: Host A Picnic Potluck

Spring is a wonderful time of year to meet your neighbors. Whether you just moved in or are interested in getting to know them better, the warm weather encourages everyone to get out and about! Another thing that always brings people together is food – so why not arrange a neighbor picnic potluck?

The White Oak Communities in Silver Spring, Maryland have wonderful kitchens for preparing large meals. Select apartments within Vista at White Oak and Montgomery Paint Branch have gourmet kitchens, perfect for meal prepping. The Yorkshire Apartment Homes feature eat-in kitchens bathed in natural lighting. No matter which apartment community you call home now is the time to take advantage of the spring weather and your kitchen to cook up food for a friendly picnic potluck.

Here are some recipes to consider suggesting when you send out the invite:

Potato Salad with a Healthy Twist

Shopping List: small red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, grape tomatoes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Macaroni

Shopping List: elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, pepper, green onions, Roma tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, bacon

Corn and Chicken Hash-brown Bowl

Shopping List: Frozen shredded hash-browns, Colby Jack cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, a can of cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, corn flakes, butter

Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Shopping List: red kidney beans, chickpeas, red onion, celery, cucumber, parsley, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Shopping List: vegetable oil, yellow onion, bell peppers, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, salsa verde, sour cream, chicken

And don’t forget dessert!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Shopping List: brownie mix, eggs, butter, dark chocolate chips, Oreos, potato chips, mini pretzel twists, and peanut butter cups

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Shopping List: white sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, fresh blueberries, cornstarch

Honey Fruit Salad

Shopping List: blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, honey, lime, orange, pistachios

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Apartment Living with a Pet

Furry friends are a joy to come home to after a long day. It’s no wonder that nearly 70% of people in the United States are pet owners¹. When it comes to moving with a pet, the first thing you need to check is if your desired apartment community is pet-friendly like Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, and Vista at White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring. MD. Pet-friendly is a term used to describe apartment communities that allow cats and/or dogs within certain breed and weight guidelines. Talking to a leasing consultant is the best way to determine if your fur-baby is allowed.

Once you have the green light for your pet to join you in your new apartment, the fun begins! Apartment living with a pet comes with numerous perks. If you’re a dog owner, trips to local dog parks are a great way to socialize your pup and for you to meet new people. There are several notable dog parks near the White Oak Communities including Ellsworth Urban Dog Park, Takoma Park Dog Park, and Wheaton Dog Park. Another benefit of living with a pet is relaxation. Studies show that having a pet can help reduce stress. What sounds better than laying on the couch petting your furry friend when you’re upset? Pets can also help keep you on a schedule. They tend to want to be walked, cared for, and fed around the same time each day. Having a live-in alarm clock can help get you out the door on time.

There are so many fun pet products on the market that can help your furry friend feel at home in the new apartment, from cat climbing towers to cozy dog beds. Having a go-to napping spot or toy can help your pet cope with any separation anxiety they may have when you leave the apartment. You can shop for all your pet necessities and accessories at nearby pet stores like Unleashed by Petco, Bark!, and The Big Bad Woof.

It is important to note that even though you are living in a pet-friendly apartment community, not all your neighbors may be fond of animals. Remember to always respect your neighbors’ space when taking pets in and out of the building.

To learn more about the White Oak Communities and the different pet policies of each apartment community, please contact a leasing consultant today!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.