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Free Things to do in Montgomery County

Explore what MoCo has to offer without breaking the bank. There are so many great things to do in the area that are perfect for dates, family trips, or just a solo excursion.

Get outside before the summer is over. Enjoy hiking, biking, and kayaking at the many parks and trails in the area. Wheaton Regional Park has over 11 miles of paved and natural surface trails. Have a picnic at the many available picnic tables and grills. There is a playground for the little ones so they can slide and swing to their heart’s desire. Pine Lake is nestled in the park if you want to fish or you can just relax by the water.

Brookside Gardens, is an award-winning garden within Wheaton Regional Park. The gardens are open without charge and includes an aquatic garden, children’s garden, and Japanese Style Garden— just to name a few. The gardens also often host active events like Yoga or Tai Chi. The area is definitely a must-see in Montgomery County.

The White Oak Library has a ton of free events, plus you can get all your summer reading in from their large selection of books. They have a weekly crafting event aptly named, “Crafternoons” where you’ll get to make your own creation in a guided workshop. Animal lovers will want to attend “Read to a Dog” where children can read to a therapy dog to improve their reading confidence. The list of upcoming events can all be found on their website. Continue reading “Free Things to do in Montgomery County”

Decorating On A Budget

Decorating your apartment is an important part of making your space feel like home. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a stylish space. Here are some ideas to give your place a facelift on a budget:

1. Let Your Room Reflect You

A well-placed mirror has the power to make a small room feel larger. Mirrors are the perfect way to open a smaller space up. Go for different shaped frames like a sunburst design or several panels to add an elegant touch to your walls. Try shopping second hand to see if you can score a vintage find.

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Summer Events in Silver Spring

Summer, Summertime, time to sit back and unwind– and get into all the events happening in Silver Spring! Mark your calendars and take advantage of these fun events happening around town:


Have a total workout and have fun doing it when you take advantage of the Free Zumba classes hosted by Washington Sports Club. Zumba classes will be happening every Tuesday at 7 PM at the Fountain Plaza.

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5 Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas, Tips, and Tricks

Make the most of your outdoor real estate when you transform your balcony into a little oasis. Enjoy having morning coffee, reading a book, or entertaining company as you take in the views and breathe the fresh air. Designing an apartment balcony doesn’t have to be just putting out a table and a few chairs. With a little planning and forethought, the space can become your new favorite place to spend time. We’ve rounded up some of the most innovative ways to make your patio a place you will love:

Be sure to check with your apartment management for rules and regulations regarding balcony decor before adding your own touches.

1. Add Some Green


Spruce up your space with a few pockets of green. The space will look lush and make you feel like your in the backyard. Planters to hang on the rails or walls can add interest to an otherwise bare space. Plus, your plants will get the sunlight they need on your balcony.

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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.