Resident Events at Painting with a Twist

WE’VE BEEN HAVING SO MUCH FUN!

We have had so much fun these last few months hosting painting parties for our residents and their guests at Painting with a Twist! The artists help you step-by-step and have great tips and tricks to make you feel like a pro! They have been so much fun to work with. Our residents have been loving socializing with their neighbors and we’ve been enjoying getting to know each of them even more. See some photos below:

We are excited continue to host more painting parties as well as other resident events! Come be a part of our community – we’d love to have you!

September Newsletter

Remember…In our initiative to go green, we will now be sending the monthly newsletter via email. We think this will improve the quality and quantity for you, our residents!


At Home Apartments Leasing Office is Moving
Starting September 15th, our office will be at 5945 Woodson Rd., directly west of our old office on Woodson. The offices will be closed September 13th and 14th as we transition to our new office. The best way to communicate with us for those two days will be email.  Stop by our new location and say Hello sometime!


Please remember we have new email addresses! Please make sure you change your contacts to reflect the following:
Robynn: rhaydock@aha-kc.com
Alicia: abanister@aha-kc.com
Amanda: amurphy@aha-kc.com


Bulk Items at the Trash Bins

Please note that large items are not to be left at the trash bins! This includes when you replace a piece of furniture in your apartment and when you move in/out. Waste Management charges us in order to haul bulk items (any item that will not fit in the trash bin without sticking out). We already have cameras on some of our trash receptacles and will put them on all of them if this continues to be a problem. Please also let us know if you ever see someone illegally dumping items into our trash bins that doesn’t live here and try to get the license plate of the vehicle if you are able to! If you leave large items next to or in the dumpsters you WILL be charged for these items per your lease agreement.


WANT TO MAKE $200?
Refer someone to live in any of our 9 different communities & you will receive $200 off your rent!*Do you know anyone looking to move at work, church or school ? Send them our way!  Make sure they let us know you were the reason they leased with At Home Apartments!  

* When they sign a 12 month lease & pay their rent on time for two months.


Pest Control for September

Pest control will enter your apartment once per quarter.  Blue Beetle will enter your home to perform the pest control onMonday, September 12th if you live at:

Highpointe and Antioch Gardens 

Please leave a note on your front door for any special needs or if you are noticing any pest problems.
Remember, it is a violation of your lease to not allow the tech. into your apartment to inspect for any issues.


Lost and Found
We still have the following items in our office that were found on property and brought into the office:
-several credit cards found grouped together
-pair of eye glasses found in soft black leather case

Please let us know right away if these are yours!


Recycling Corner
Easy steps you can take to help yourself and the environment:
-Change your light bulbs to CFL bulbs to save 75% energy
-Unplug all electronics that aren’t in use especially small appliances that are rarely used like microwaves, toasters, electronic can openers, etc. Also make sure your tv, cable box and computers go into energy saving mode if you leave these plugged in during the day
-Minimize the amount of time you open/close your fridge and freezer doors
-When it’s not too hot/cold outside, use natural lighting to brighten your home vs. lights
-Only use the dishwasher when it’s full, don’t wash loads of dishes when it’s not full
-Always make sure you are using the recycling bins located at your property (or a property close by owned by At Home Apartments).


Instagram Contest!
We will be hosting an Instagram contest for September running Sept. 1-15th! Post your favorite room in your apartment following the rules below. We will repost the winners picture on September 16th and announce the winner. Winner gets a $25 gift card to Target!


1. Post a picture of an awesomely decorated room in your apartment
2. Make sure you follow “atomeaptskc” on Instagram and TAG us in your post–otherwise we won’t see it. Sorry–if you have  a private account we can’t see your post and we can’t pick the winner.
3.  Use the #athomeaptliving

Encourage your friends to like your post as much as possible. Every picture posted will be an entry into the contest–two pictures means you are entered twice into the drawing. The winner will be announced September 16th so the last date to post a picture is September 15th! Get to ‘gramming!


At Home Apartments Staff: 
Robynn Haydock, Regional Manager
Alicia Banister, Leasing Director
Amanda Murphy, Business Administrator
Tom Deay, Maintenance Supervisor
Mike Sanders, Maintenance Technician
Bryan Baker, Maintenance Technician
Steve Schalk, Maintenance Technician


Event Calendar/August Calendar

September 1: Rent Due

Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am-3 pm
City Market, 5th & Walnut, KC, MO

September 3-every weekend in Sept: KC Renaissance Festival
633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012

September 4: Late Fees Start

September 2: First Fridays        5 pm
Crossroads Art District

September 2: Royals vs Detroit Tigers    7:15 pm
Kaufmann Stadium
1 Royal Way, KC, MO 64129

September 2-4: Kansas Ctiy Irish Fest         Varies
Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd., KC, MO 64108

September 8-10: Johnson County Old Settlers Fest  Varies
Downtown Olathe
Cherry St. and Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061

September 9-11: Dancefestopia              Varies
Crown Center Area
E. Pershing Rd. and E. 25th St., KC, MO 64108

September 9-11: Art Westport                Varies
Westport Rd & Pennsylvania Ave., KC, MO 64111

September 11: KC Chiefs vs San Diego Chargers  12 pm
Arrowhead Stadium
1 Arrowhead Dr., KC, Mo 64129

September 15-18: Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Extreme   Varies
Sprint Center
1407 Grand Blvd, KC, MO 64106

September 23-25: Plaza Art Fair                      Varies
Country Club Plaza,
4750 Broadway Blvd.KC, MO 64112

At Home Apartments Leasing Office Moving

After several years in our current office, we are moving to a bigger space–but don’t worry, we aren’t moving far. Our new office is located directly east in a house at 5945 Woodson Rd., Mission, KS 66202.

We plan to move mid-late August, and during the move, our office will have to close for two days as we transition to the new space. There will be  several hours during these two days that you will not be able to reach our office via phone. Email will be the best form of communication while we move. We will let you know a more definitive date once we know!

If you still pay your rent by check/money order, the drop box will now be located at the new office space. You will also pick up any packages delivered to our office at this location.

Please note, our current office will be renovated back into two modern apartments. Please respect the new residents’ privacy and remember to visit us at the new office!

April Showers…Bring May Flowers

It’s time to prepare for those May Flowers and don’t think that just because you live in an apartment you can’t have beautiful plants and/or flowers!

Need a little color in your life? Put some beautiful baskets or pots with colorful flowers and plants to your balcony or patio to add a little personality to your home. Not only will this provide you with color but maybe even some privacy depending on how big the plant is.

 

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Here are some tips for putting together pots/baskets!

  • Choose the right plant!
    • Perennial or Annual?
      • Perennial flowers are those that continue to grow year after year but remain dormant through the winter.
      • Annuals are planted in the spring or summer, bloom for a season and then die.
      • Try mixing the two together!
    • Weather Conditions
      • Visit your local plant shop, they generally won’t sell plants that won’t survive your climate.
    • Containers and Soil
      • Choose a container not only for its appearance but as well as it’s drainage! Try Terra cotta it’s a porous material that has better drainage than plastic pots.
      • Choose the right soil for your plant, ask your local plant specialist if you aren’t sure what type of soil your plant needs!
    • Placement/Furniture
      • Now that you have your plants potted and ready to go it is time to place them! Try varying heights to add a little of pizzazz to your balcony.
      • Add furniture so that you and others may enjoy your creation!

For more Information check out: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/no-yard-tips-for-a-beautiful-balcony-garden-205500

Want to grow your own herbs and vegetables?

 

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  • Herbs/Vegetables
    • Try growing them in one pot: All you need is a 7 gallon pot, potting soil, a few herb plants and plenty direct sunlight.
      • Buy a large deep plant pot with a small hole in the bottom for drainage with a plastic or ceramic tray for underneath it.
      • Put your potting soil in and fill to about 3 inches from the top and add a little bit of water to moisten the soil, dig a small hole deep down and add your herb plants with several inches of room between each other and water again once finished.
      • Place your pot anywhere it will have full sun.
      • Don’t overwater only pour in a cup of water whenever leaves start to look droopy
      • If you are using the herbs for cooking make sure to cut leaves and stems off the top of the plant not the sides.

Happy Planting!

 

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It’s Time For Spring Cleaning!

Spring is here! Which also means that it’s time to sweep those dust bunnies away that have been running around all winter.  Use these tips to help clean items around the apartment in a breeze!

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Here are some tips for before you get started:

·         Enlist help-assign tasks to roommates, friends, family, etc.

·         Clean one room at time: Don’t bite off more than you can chew

·         Play music: it helps pass the time

·         Work your way down not up: make sure you dust ceiling fans or light fixtures first in order to prevent dirtying the areas below it

·         Create a checklist: of what needs to be done in each room.

Here are some cleaning tips:

Winter Clothes into Storage- It is time to breakout the spring/summer wardrobe so make sure you store away your winter clothes including hats and scarves properly! This is also a great time to reassess your wardrobe and decide which items can be tossed or donated.

Clean out your appliances- The kitchen is where you use items every day and are notorious for picking up a lot of germs.

 

Oven: Cleaning the natural way (baking soda and vinegar):  Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-201191

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o   Remove the oven racks

o   Make a baking soda paste: ½ cup baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water

o   Coat your oven: after putting gloves on spread the baking soda paste all over the interior avoiding the heating elements

o   Allow the paste to rest for at least 12 hours (overnight is best).

o   Clean your oven racks:

§  Lay down an (old) towel in the bottom of your bathtub

§  Fill your bathtub with very hot water

§  Add ½ cup of dishwasher detergent  and swish around until dissolved

§  Soak  racks for at least 4 hours or overnight while your oven is resting

§  Wipe off any remaining residue

§  Rinse

o   Wipe out the oven with a damp dish cloth

o   Spray a little vinegar over the remaining baking soda residue and watch it gently foam

o   Wipe out the remaining residue and repeat until it is all gone.

o   Place your oven racks back in oven

 

Microwave: Cleaning the natural way (lemon and water) Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-your-microwave-with-just-a-lemon-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-200294

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o   Put ½ cup of water into a small microwave safe bowl

o   Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water and place the lemon halves into the bowl

o   Microwave the bowl for 2 minutes so that the liquid is boiling

o   Let stand for 5 minutes, don’t open the microwave door

o   Wipe the microwave clean starting with the ceiling, then the sides, and finish with the floor

o   For stubborn spots dip the corner of your towel in the lemon water and scrub until the spot disappears.

 

Kitchen Sink: Cleaning the natural way (baking soda and white vinegar) found on: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-kitchen-sink-136771 

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o   Thoroughly rinse out your sink

o   Sprinkle baking soda on the surface working it into a paste, rinse thoroughly

o   Line the sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar allowing them 20 minutes to sit and then disposing of the paper towels

o   Rinse the sink with soapy warm water

o   For faucets and handles wipe with a mild soapy solution, for spots that remain a cloth with white vinegar can be used.

o   Rinse your sink one last time

Refrigerator: Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-the-refrigerator-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-203976  

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o   Empty the fridge and toss or recycle expired food items. Sort the items that need to go back in the refrigerator for a speedy clean up.

o   Remove the shelves and drawers and wash them in warm soapy water, rinse and let them air dry.

o   Spray every part of your refrigerator with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe it down including the rubber door seal. Use a non-abrasive sponge to remove sticky, caked on spills.

o   Replace shelves and drawers.

o   Wipe down all of the items you are returning to the refrigerator to prevent any new messes in your newly cleaned refrigerator.

o   Wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth with soapy water. Dry it immediately with a dish towel or paper towel.

Dust your blinds- Try using dyer sheets to dust your blinds, the static cling with keep the dust from scattering.

Deep clean your shower/tub- We know you clean your bathtub weekly but take it up a notch and focus on grout or hard to reach places where mold and mildew can grow. If you notice that your shower liner is growing mold or discolored it is time to replace it!

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Windows: Everyone loves to open their windows during the warm weather so you might as well as keep them as clean as possible. Invest in a good glass cleaner to make those windows sparkle!

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Bed: make sure you wash your linens and flip your mattress. Ideally your mattress should be flipped four times a year in order to give your mattress a longer life and help your back by evening out wear.

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Bathroom Medicine Cabinets and Vanities: Bathroom cabinets can get quite cluttered: dispose of any expired medications and old makeup to help clean out your cabinets.

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Carpets: Show your carpet some love by having them shampooed once a year (don’t forget that we offer a free carpet cleaning at renewal!) and always make sure to vacuum your carpet once a week.

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Storage Lockers/Closets: Go through your storage items and donate or dispose of items you don’t need or use any more.

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Furniture: Pick out all of your missing change from the depths of your furniture and vacuum it out. Then sprinkle baking soda to your upholstered pieces wait 30 min to an hour and vacuum it again to help freshen your furniture up!

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Declutter your apartment by recycling items: recycle old electronics that are no longer being used, use reusable grocery bags, donate clothing that you no longer wear, adopt the mentality of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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Happy Cleaning!

Valentine’s Day Ideas For Everyone!

February, the month of LOVE! Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about couples you can share the day or evening with friends and family, too! For some, not all. Even if you don’t have a significant other here are some ideas for the day!

 

Ideas for those single folks out there!

  • Gather your single friends and go out to a bar, restaurant, bowling alley, arcade, mini-golf, etc. Go out and have fun, no reason not too!                                                                                                                                                                                                             mario
  • Spend the evening with your Celeb Crush! Veg out and watch movies or television shows with your Celeb Crush.smiley
  • Take on a spin of “Secret Santa” with “Secret Admirer” and give gifts among you and your unattached friends!

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  • Treat ‘Yo Self- Spend the day getting a massage, a pedicure or manicure, or a new robe, whatever helps you relax.

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  • If you don’t feel like being alone or going out, HAVE A PARTY!-Invite your friends who are available and have a game night.

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Out of the ordinary ideas for those couples out there!

  • Take a cooking class-Try a cuisine that is a little different and more adventurous than what you and your significant other would normally order.                                                                                                                                                   cook
  • Check off a big Bucket List item together!- Maybe you both want to go skydiving or rock climbing or hiking in the mountains.

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  • Recreate your fist date- Remember why you fell in love!lovebird         Happy Valentines Day to Everyone!vday

Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions!

 

January is the month of New Year’s Resolutions. Many will follow a resolution through January but may drop it soon after. Don’t be a quitter! Here are some tips to help you power through and fulfill your resolution.

Get In Shape

Losing weight is the top resolution for Americans.
Try to incorporate these tips into your daily habits to help with your weight loss goals.

1. Weight Vs. Fat

  • Remember a pound of fat weights as much as a pound of muscle, but muscle takes up less room in your clothes and adding muscle will raise your metabolism and keep your body-fat percentage low.

2. Trash the Scale

  •  Don’t be so attached to your body weight, instead measure your BMI or body fat.

3. Check your progress weekly rather than daily

  •  Take weekly pictures to watch your progress rather than getting discouraged by daily measurements due to the lack of progress. Also, take your picture/measurements on the same day around the same time every week for consistency.

4. Track your food intake with an App

  • The MyFitnessPal app allows you to manage your meal plans and exercise. It allows you to scan UPC codes of items that you eat to automatically input the nutrition information.

5. Replace your unhealthy snacks with healthy snacks

  •  If you don’t have unhealthy snacks readily available you are less likely to eat them. Try granola bars/protein bars that have a low fat/carbs to protein ratio.

6. Stay hydrated

  •  Sometimes your body will signal that you are hungry when you are actually dehydrated. When a snack attack comes try drinking a large glass of water and waiting 30 minutes before diving into eating.

7. Set realistic goals

  •  Setting realistic goals helps to reduce the amount of discouragement during your process. Don’t say “I will work out for two hours 7 days a week”. Instead shoot for “I will work out for an hour 3 days a week” you then have wiggle room to eventually increase.
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Start Eating Healthier

1. Learn how to control emotional eating

  • Eliminate junk food from your pantry, if it’s not there you can’t eat it!
  • Distract yourself, you’re not hungry you’re just bored.

2. Be aware of why diets can fail

  • Commitment issues
  • Inadequate sleep, get those ZZZ’s!
  • Poor timing of meals, no a midnight snack does not count.
  • Underestimating calories consumed
  • Overestimating calories burned

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Learn to be happier with your life

1. Reduce Stress

2. Be patient and do not let problems bring you down

3. Enjoy the little things that bring you happiness
Don't Worry

Quit Smoking

1. Build a strong support system

  • Let them know exactly what you need from them; keep you away from cigarettes, distract you, let them help you instead of being stubborn

2. Cut back before cutting out completely!

  • Start by cutting down a couple a day for a week then cut down more each consecutive week

3. Drink water and chew fennel seeds

  •  Fennel helps eliminate water from the body so by drinking water and chewing fennel will help detox your body more quickly

4. Let’s get physical, physical

  •  Join a group exercise class and gain support/encouragement inside the social group.

No Smoking

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR from your At Home Team!

 

Tips to Simplify Gift Wrapping

It’s time to bury yourself in the mess of tape, ribbons, wrapping paper and don’t forget the frustration that is gift wrapping!

To help reduce the amount of frustration here are a few wrapping tips to make your gift look beautiful with ease.

  • First, wrap your gift on a hard surface! I know it’s tempting to sit on the floor and veg out while you’re wrapping but it causes wrinkles and takes much longer!
  • Tip number two, use double sided tape! It will help decrease the sightly sores of regular scotch tape and will speed things up drastically! If you don’t have tape you can use decorative stickers instead!
  • Forgot Wrapping Paper?! Use paper bags from a grocery store and use markers, pens, or stamps to help decorate your gift and make it more festive!                enhanced-buzz-14698-1417465488-15

Found on:  http://acreativemint.typepad.com/a_creative_mint/2010/12/trader-joes-a-little-red.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+acreativemint+%28a+creative+mint%29

Need a box but don’t have one? Follow these steps to turn a cereal box into a gift box!

Item’s needed:

  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Scissors
  • A cereal box

Steps:

  1. Cut the box down the side that doesn’t have the tab on itFTEGDNQFJNELD0T.MEDIUM
  2. Fold the box in half (hot dog style) the folds don’t have to be exactFJV1RL8FJMBZISD.MEDIUM
  3. Fold the bottom half in half and cut the down the first fold on the right and leftFBAP8VFFJMBZISJ.MEDIUM
  4. Fold only the middle section of the top half in halfF3RS8X0FJMBZISB.MEDIUM
  5. Cut away what you don’t need-cuts don’t need to be exactFJ5XV17FJNELCYZ.MEDIUM
  6. Glue down the front flap                           FDADUOAFJMBZIS7.MEDIUM
  7. Glue down the sides                             F85GKJPFJMBZIS6.MEDIUM
  8. Glue the back                                                                                   FNUUYL5FJMBZIS5.MEDIUM
  9. Hooray! –You’re done gluing                        FEPHWZPFJMBZIS4.MEDIUM
  10. Fold the Lid                                               F9JPMMOFJMBZIS3.MEDIUM
  11. Finish the box by painting it, drawing on it, stickers, etc.FBCZYNSFJMBZIS2.MEDIUM

Found on: http://www.instructables.com/id/Gift-Box-from-a-Cereal-Box/?ALLSTEPS

Lose all of your gift tags? Don’t worry, you’ve got options!

  • Use the A Beautiful Mess app ($0.99) to add “to” and “from” to your own Instagram photos to transform them into print-ready gift tags!                                                                                                                                  download (4)
  • Create your own with paper and scissors
  • Draw a gift tag directly on the wrapping papers

 Feeling creative and missing ribbon or bows? Follow this step by step process to create festive bows out of magazine paper!enhanced-buzz-4544-1417554250-20

Via: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/12/06/how-to-make-a-gift-bow/?referrer=LuxeFinds.com

  •  Now that you’re done with the wrapping paper, store it all in one place that is not in the niches of your closet! Use a vertical gift wrap organizer ($13.99, The Container Store) or even a garment bag to reduce clutter for storage.

Happy Wrapping from Your At Home Team!

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‘Tis The Season To Be Giving

With the Holiday Season underway, we look back and look ahead in appreciation. We also give back to our communities, ‘Tis the Season to be Giving!

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This November, At Home Apartments is participating in the Harvest Food Donation. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for. In our community, many people need assistance for items we may take for granted like a warm meal.

A list of acceptable items include;

Nonperishable Food Household
• Canned vegetables
• Canned fruit
• Boxed meals (Hamburger Helper, Pasta Roni, Mac & Cheese)
• Canned meat/tuna
• Peanut butter and jelly
• Canned soup
• Cereal – hot and cold
Personal Care Products
• Soap
• Deodorant
• Shampoo
• Toilet Paper

**Please refrain from donating perishable foods, glass containers or homemade or home-canned items.**

At Home Apartments will be accepting these items between November 1st and November 24th and will take donations to Harvesters in time for the holidays!  Please bring any items mentioned above to our Leasing Office at 5954 Woodson Rd., Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information about Harvesters go to: https://www.harvesters.org/

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At Home Apartments is also participating in Kansas City’s own Operation Breakthrough toy drive. Operation Breakthrough reaches out to children in our Kansas City area all year long. Operation Breakthrough provides care for over 500 children daily; 98 percent of the children attending come from families living below the poverty level. We partner with them during the holidays to stock their “toy store”. Parents who are raising children on a very low income can register and shop for their kids. A free store! Parents pick 4 gifts per child and brighten their smiles through the Holidays. These toys are also used throughout the year for birthdays.

Help a low income family bring holiday cheer to their children by donating toys and gifts. Donations must be new merchandise in unopened packaging. All toys should be unwrapped. Toys for children of all ages are needed. Many donors also want to give the parent a gift. We suggest a gift card to Target, so the parent can get something the family needs.

Our Toy Drop box will be located in the Leasing Office at 5954 Woodson Rd, Mission, KS 66202. You may donate between November 10th and December 10th.

Find more information about Operation Breakthrough at: https://www.operationbreakthrough.org/index.php

 

If you don’t have the financials to donate items, there are many opportunities to donate your time as a volunteer.

 

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Join Serve KC, they collaborate with nonprofits all of the city and schedule their group events so you work within a team to accomplish the greater good.

Find more information at:  http://www.meetup.com/servekc/

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Volunteer Individually or in a Group at the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For more information visit: http://www.rmhckc.org/Volunteering

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The United Way of Greater Kansas City also has volunteer opportunities.

Find more information at:  http://unitedwaygkc.galaxydigital.com/aam/general/event/?doc_id=1062

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The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for Ring the Bell, Project Warmth, Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Dinner.

Find more information at: http://salarmymokan.org/volunteer/

 

Whether you’re donating food, gifts, household items or your time you are making a positive impact on someone’s life even if it is the smallest of donations.

 

happy thanksgiving

Neat ways to decorate your apartment for Halloween

It’s Halloween season, again. Are you worried about not having any decorations to celebrate? Want to upgrade your décor from last year? Have no fear, check out these Do It Yourself décor ideas and not all of them are spooky!

Have old wine bottles laying around and don’t know what to do with them?  Revamp them by painting them into ghoulish figures such as the ones below!

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Found on: http://lombardolagniappe.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-wine-bottles-and-giveaway.html

Items you will need:

  • Glass wine bottles
  • Your choice of spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint pens or acrylic paint and a brush
  • Mod podge and glitter if desired.

Step 1. Remove the labels from the bottle and be sure to remove the residue as well, you may use Goo Gone just make sure that it is all removed as well..

Step 2. Depending on the design you want tape off part of the bottle with painters tape. And be sure to cover any parts you don’t want sprayed with newspaper

Step 3. Spray paint the bottle

Step 4. Once dry remove the tape and newspaper.

Step 5. If you want to add faces or extras you may use a paint pen or acrylic paint and a brush. If you would like to add glitter; apply mod podge where you desire the glitter and sprinkle glitter on top of it.

Want to make mysterious eyes to put in your plants on your balcony or dark areas of your apartment? Check out this post using empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, glow sticks and duct tape!

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Found on: http://www.rustandsunshine.com/2012/10/glowing-eyes.html

Items you will need:

  • Empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Glow sticks
  • Duct tape

Step 1. Draw spooky eyes on to the empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls.

Step 2. Carefully, cut the eyes out of the roll

Step 3. Insert glow sticks

Step 4. Cover ends with duct tape

 

Don’t want to make a mess by carving pumpkins? Try these inexpensive yet trendy Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns to bring out your Halloween spirit.

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Found on: http://mycraftyspot.com/mason-jar-jack-o-lanterns/

Items you will need:

  • Smooth-sided mason jars
  • Black gloss spray paint
  • Scotch Tape
  • Tissue Paper-orange, green, white, purple
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Black paper
  • Battery-operated tea-light candles

Step 1: Paint the Lid

  1. Twist off the mason jar lid and turn it upside down. Use scotch tape to secure the top of the lid to the inside of the ring.
  2. Flip the lid over and place on cardboard and spray black gloss spray paint over the lid making sure to coat the sides as well as the top. Apply several thin coats, allow ample drying time between coats

Step 2. Cut the Tissue Paper

  1. Turn the mason jar on its’ side and lay it on top of an unfolded piece of tissue paper.
  2. Cut one whole piece of paper so that is measures the same height of the mason jar using scissors.
  3. Cut the tissue into 1-2 inch strips.
  4. Set the mason jar upright on top of an uncut piece of tissue paper and use a pencil to trace the bottom of the jar.
  5. Cut out the circle shape following the pencil line.

Step 3. Paste the Paper

  1. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the jar before applying the circular piece of paper.
  2. Smooth the paper working from the center outward until it is sufficiently attached to the glass.
  3. Brush a section Mod Podge on the side of the jar that is about the same width as the tissue paper strips.
  4. Lay one strip of paper on the glue smoothing out any bubbles or folds as you work
  5. Use light pressure when working with the tissue paper to keep it from tearing.
  6. The paper should extend from at least the bottom thread on the top of the jar to the piece of circular paper attached to the bottom
  7. Overlap all other pieces of tissue paper on the jar by covering a small portion of the previously attached paper in Mod Podge.
  8. Allow the paper to dry completely.

Step 4. Make the Faces

  1. Use scissors to cut shapes out of black paper for a jack-o-lantern, ghost, vampire or Frankenstein.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the face pieces and press them on the mason jar

Step 5. Watch them Glow

  1. Place a battery-operated tea-light candle and twist on the lid

 

 

Feel like carving pumpkins and love Disney?! Check out this website for Disney Pumpkin Carving Templates, http://thefarmgirlgabs.com/60disney-pumpkin-carving-ideas/ . They are free to print and use for your carving pleasures. They have many characters ranging from classics such as Mickey Mouse and beautiful princesses such as Ariel, even Marvel’s Avengers templates! The difficulty level ranges as well.

Love Pumpkins but don’t want to carve them? No sweat, there are many ways to decorate pumpkins without having to carve them! View more ideas at; http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/37-easy-diy-no-carve-pumpkin-ideas?sub=1790440_605185#.gvJ5x4Grp.

  • Try creating a glitter pumpkin by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge onto a pumpkin where desired and sprinkling glitter onto the pumpkin, try putting the pumpkin in a cardboard box when sprinkling with glitter to help contain the mess.

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  • Add fabric such as lace to create your decorative pumpkin by wrapping your pumpkin in fabric and hot gluing or Mod Podging it to your pumpkin, you can also paint your stem to help match the theme.

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  • Use tape for a color block effect; place tape where you don’t want paint to be and spray paint your pumpkin.
  • Use Mr. Potato head pieces on your pumpkin to create a face by drilling holes and fitting the pieces in.

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Post by Taylor Madeira

Tailgating Favorites to try this football season

September means the start of football! We all gather to watch our favorite teams play and eat some delicious grub while doing so! Check out healthy alternatives to these classic tailgating favorites;
Instead of frying your buffalo wings try baking them!

Unbelievable Baked Wings: Prep 15 min Cook 30 min Total 45 Min
Found on: http://www.food.com/recipe/unbelievable-baked-buffalo-wings-155021
Ingredients:
• 1 lb Chicken Wings
• 1 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
• 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
• 1 tablespoon Salt
• ½ Cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
• 1 tablespoon margarine
Directions:
1. Fill a large pot half way with water and then add the first 4 ingredients.
2. Bring water mixture and wings to a boil and then boil for 15 minutes.
3. Transfer wings to an oven safe container coated with cooking spray. Bake wings on “Broil” (high) for 15 minutes on each side. (For crispier wings, cook longer on each side, maybe 20 minutes per side).
4. While waiting for wings, combine the Hot Sauce and Margarine in a microwave safe container and cook in microwave for 2 minutes or until melted. (You can cook the sauce longer for a thicker sauce).
5. When wings are done, shake ‘em up with the sauce and enjoy!
If you want a very healthy alternative to Buffalo Wings try Buffalo Cauliflower

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Prep 5 Min Cook 25 Min Total 30
Found On: http://www.galonamission.com/healthy-buffalo-cauliflower-bites/

Ingredients:
• 6 cups of fresh cauliflower florets
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• a pinch of salt
• a pinch of pepper
• 1 tablespoon butter, melted
• ¾ cup Frank’s RedHot hot sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place cauliflower on a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil, or olive oil.
2. Mix together the garlic powder, salt, pepper, melted butter, and hot sauce in a small bowl.
3. Add the cauliflower into a large gallon-sized bag, pour the buffalo sauce into the bag. Shake until the cauliflower florets are fully coated. Spread onto a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Healthy Seven Layer Dip Total: 20 min
Found On: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219893/skinny-seven-layer-dip/

Ingredients:
• 1 (8 oz) container fat-free sour cream
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely diced
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
• 1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning
• 5 dashes hot pepper sauce
• 1 lemon, juiced
• 2 avocados-peeled, pitted, and mashed
• 3 cups sredded lettuce
• 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
• 2 (11 oz) cans Mexican style corn, drained
• 1 cup chunky salsa
• 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
• 1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
• ¼ cup sliced green onions
• 1 Roma (plum) tomato, chopped
Directions:
1. Mix together the sour cream, garlic, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, taco seasoning, hot pepper sauce, and 1/2 of the lemon juice in a bowl until well blended.
2. In another bowl, mash the avocado with the remaining lemon juice; set aside.
3. Spread the shredded lettuce over a 12-inch serving platter.
4. Layer the black beans evenly on top, followed by the Mexican-style corn.
5. Spread the prepared sour cream mixture over the corn.
6. Gently spread the avocado mixture on top of the sour cream.
7. Pour the salsa evenly over the avocado mixture.
8. Sprinkle the Mexican cheese blend, olives, green onions, and tomato on top.

Instead of ordering in pizza try this Cauliflower Pizza Crust and add your own toppings!

Chef John’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Prep: 15 min Cook: 45 min Total: 1 hour
Found On: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/236600/chef-johns-cauliflower-pizza-crust/
Ingredients:
• 1 head Cauliflower, cored and separated into florets
• ½ cup Water
• ½ teaspoon Salt
• 2 ounces Fresh Goat Cheese
• ½ ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
• 1 large Egg
• 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Puree cauliflower in a food processor until finely ground
3. Cook ground cauliflower, water, and salt together in a skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and most of the water evaporates, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool completedly.
4. Transfer cauliflower to the center of a clean dish towel. Wrap and squeeze tightly to remove all excess moisture. You should have about 1 ½ cups cauliflower pulp
5. Stir cauliflower, goat cheese, parmigiana-reggiano cheese, egg, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl to form a soft dough. Gather dough into a ball and place in the center of the prepared baking sheet. Press dough into circle about ¼ inch thick.
6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and set, about 40 minutes. Cool and turn crust over before topping

Healthy Snack Alternatives for your home and in our office

In an attempt to provide healthy alternatives, our office has exchanged our cookies with healthy alternatives such as Chia Bars, Kind Bars, fruit leather strips, and Goldfish. We will still place cookies out on occasion but so far our healthy alternatives have been a hit!

 

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With August being one of the hottest months of the year in this region, try some of these refreshing healthy snacks to help cool off!

Homemade popsicles are always a great opportunity to experiment with different juices, purees, and fruit pieces, to create the ultimate homemade popsicles. Here are a few of our favorites!

Frozen Fruit Pops 

Found On http://www.skinnytaste.com/ 
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 pop • Old Points: 0 pt • Points Plus: 1 pts
Calories: 32.1 • Fat: 0.2 g • Carb: 7.8 g • Fiber: 1.1 g • Protein: 0.4 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 1.4 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup diced kiwi
  • 1/3 cup diced watermelon
  • 1/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice or orange juice

Directions:

Instructions: Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5 oz cup with fruit. Add 1 tbsp of juice and insert craft sticks into each cup. They easily stay in place because of all the fruit. Place in the freezer a few hours until firm. To remove the pops from the cups, run under warm water a few seconds. Enjoy!

 

If you like creamier popsicles experiment with Greek Yogurt!

 

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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE GREEK YOGURT POPSICLES {WITH CHOBANI!}                                                                       Found On: http://www.thekitchenpaper.com

 

 

Recipe: by Mary

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chobani Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla beans
  • ⅓ cup strawberries, chopped
  • ⅓ cup shortcake, crumbled

 

Instructions: Mix the yogurt, milk, and ground vanilla beans together until completely smooth. Gently mix in the strawberries and shortcake. Divide among popsicle molds, and place in the freezer. After 1 hour, insert popsicle sticks.

Let freeze completely, 3-4 hours.

 

 

If you are more of a veggie person try this Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad or experiment with different cheeses and meats if you don’t love veggies.

Found on: http://www.abountifulkitchen.com/

Ingredients:

  • 6 ears corn
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion or about 1 cup chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • two to three sprigs fresh oregano (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

 

Instructions: Boil corn in large pot of water for about 7 minutes. Drain and plunge corn into cool water. Cut corn off cob and set aside to cool completely. Chunk tomatoes and onion. Coarsely chop basil and strip the oregano off stems. Place cooled corn, chopped vegetable and herbs into large bowl. Toss with vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste. Serve chilled or room temperature

 

You can always go with the simple veggies and hummus, there are many varieties of hummus including roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, basil pesto, roasted pine nut, etc. You can also pair this with many different veggies like bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes or celery. You could also try pita or crackers if you don’t love veggies.

If you have any healthy recipes you love please share them with the office (tmadeira@athomeapartments.com), we would love to try them!

Year in Review

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We had a blast being your apartment home providers for 2014! We made several improvements to the communities including asphalt work, new roof installations, laundry room improvements, exterior paint renovations and much more! We have several projects scheduled for Spring of 2015 so be on the lookout for more improvements to come!
We welcomed many new residents, and several of you referred them! We paid out hundreds in resident referral fees in 2014. Thank you! Keep them coming! Resident referrals are currently $300 for a 12 month lease!
We renovated The Lookout inside and out after purchasing it in late 2013. The transformation of this community is unbelievable, and we are so proud of this project and the new residents there!
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We purchased another community in Fall of 2014 called Mission Point. We plan to make several improvements, have started renovations to apartments and look forward to putting the At Home touch on Mission Point that only we can provide.
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Thank you for continuing to choose At Home Apartments as your housing provider for 2015!
We wish you much health, prosperity and good fortune this year!