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15
Jan 18

3 Simple DIY Cat Treat Recipes

Cat Eating a TreatCats are family too, and when you dust off those rusty DIY skills to make a fun treat for your furry feline, you’ll make a friend for life. Our apartments in Atlanta are cat and dog-friendly because we love pets, and we know you do too. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our three favorite homemade treats for you to make to keep your kitty happy.

1. Tuna Catnip Baked Treats

From the kitchen of Joy the Baker comes these cute, kitty croutons, and they’re tasty and simple to make. Just pulverize some rolled oats in a food processor until they become flour and then mix with 1 can of drained tuna, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp. of catnip and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Roll into flattened balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Be sure to allow treats to cool before serving them up to your cat.

2. Cheesy Snack Sticks

These yummy baked treats come courtesy of CDKitchen.com, and they’re deceptively easy to throw together. Simply toss 3/4 c. of flour, 3/4 c. of cheddar cheese, 5 Tbsp. grated Parmesan, 1/4 c. plain yogurt and 1/4 c. cornmeal in a bowl and mix until a dough forms. Knead the dough into a ball and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Cut into 1-inch strips and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

3.  Tuna Cookies

Over at NepetaCataria, you’ll find this amazing idea of catnip cookies that kitties will adore. Start with 3/4 c. of drained, pureed tuna, 1 c. wheat flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 beaten egg and 1/2 c. water. Mix all ingredients together to form a stiff dough that you can then roll out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

When you’re ready to relocate with your furry friends in tow, you’ll appreciate our stylish pet-friendly apartments at 2460 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia. Our floor plans feature stainless appliances, granite countertops, gourmet-style kitchens with breakfast bar and USB port, oversized closets, and private terraces with Skyline views. It’s luxury living at its best for both you and your pets. Stop by today, or call to make an appointment, to see our many wonderful amenities.

8
Jan 18

5 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

PlannerThe new year is here, and if you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by life in the past, it’s time for a new beginning. We have a lot of busy professionals at our Atlanta apartments, and we know they’re always on the go, so we accumulated this quick list of work-life balance tips.

1. Put Yourself on the Calendar

Whether it’s after-school activities with the kids or an adults-only happy hour, you’ll have something to look forward to when you see that space blocked out on your calendar. Plus, you’ll have time to plan around it in case something unexpected should arise at work shortly before you’re scheduled to be unavailable.

2. Walk Away from the Water Cooler

The office gossip can sap the energy right from your body. Instead of engaging in negative talk (or being around people who do), find people who energize you and enjoy life. You’ll be amazed at how much less you dread after-work chores when you had a good day at the office!

3. Rearrange Your Errands

Speaking of chores, there are plenty of ways you can get everything done that needs to be accomplished without giving up those precious hours of me-time you’ve so been looking forward to. Here are a few ideas:

  • Order groceries online for curbside pickup or home delivery
  • Look for local help with around-the-house chores (hint: teenagers and older kids are great helpers when they need some pocket cash)
  • Map out your errand-running route before you head out, ensuring your stops are plotted in a way that makes sense
  • Trade chores with friends

4. Make Time for Fitness

Even if your schedule is already jam-packed and has no breathing room, you’ll see amazing benefits if you can find time to get your heart rate up. CrossFit before work or yoga just before bed will help your brain chemicals balance and get your body relaxed so you have more energy to conquer life.

5. Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break

This golden hour is often misunderstood. Go to the gym, read a book, catch up on your favorite celebrity news, head to the pharmacy or refill your prescription. Take this time to do unwanted tasks or savor it for some of those special things that help you feel renewed.

The best way to accomplish a solid work-life balance is to have a home that offers you everything you need to relax and be productive. The amenities at our 2460 Peachtree Apartments are outstanding! We welcome you to stop by and experience them for yourself!

18
Dec 17

5 Tips on Dealing With Holiday Stress and Depression

Reading a BookHoliday stress and depression can ruin what should be a warm and joyous time of year. Use these five tips to bolster your mood and relax.

1. Set a Spending Budget

It’s tempting to blow your yearly budget when gift-giving time arrives. After all, it seems like it makes good sense to take advantage of all those deep discounts that the stores are offering. But when your credit card bill arrives, depression can occur as the amount of debt sinks in. To avoid that panicky feeling, set a spending budget and resolve to stick to it no matter what.

2. Get Plenty of Exercise

Take time out of each day to get some exercise. Exercise increases blood flow, which also may help to alleviate stress and anxiety. With a 24-hour fitness center at our apartment community, you’ll be able to exercise on your schedule at any time of day or night.

3. Keep it Simple

Magazines and television are constant reminders that holidays should be perfect. In real life, those extravagances can be costly and time-consuming. To keep stress and depression at bay, keep it simple. You don’t have to decorate and bake to the standards of designers and celebrity chefs.

4. Take Time for Yourself

During the holidays, it’s natural to be constantly thinking of others. But putting others before your own needs all the time can take a toll on your emotional health. Take time for yourself, even if it’s a short stroll, private reading time, or a long, leisurely bath.

5. Pick Your Battles

You can’t do everything. When you make unreasonable “to-do” lists or try to win every battle over who is going to bring what to the family dinner, life gets stressful and unpleasant. The trick to staying peaceful and calm is to give in and let go. Choose just one thing on that long list of chores and resolve to be happy if you accomplish it. Then tear up the rest of the list. Give in to the other person who wants to bring dessert. You can always win next year.

With these ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays in spite of the chaos. For more information about our apartments in Atlanta, please contact us today.

11
Dec 17

Garden Lights & Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Outdoor Tree Covered in LightsPeople often underestimate the effects that early darkness can have on them during the long winter nights of this festive season. This is why it’s so important to take advantage of all the exciting things to do in the amazing city of Atlanta. Garden Lights & Holidays Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is just one event this year you won’t want to miss.

Things to See

This is a popular holiday event for residents of our Atlanta apartments as well as the wider metropolitan area. Perfect for both kids and adults, you’ll find much more than just a few Christmas lights strung up along the plants. This event puts technology to good use, incorporating an impressive display of LED bulbs programmed to show different natural wonders, such as volcano explosions and meteor showers. Called Nature’s Wonders, the display has more than a thousand strings of lights hanging from trees up to 64 feet high! From huge candles to model trains, attendees will get an impressive array of things to see (and do). There’s even a place to stop and make s’mores over a fire, or to have an evening drink or meal!

When to Go

The event runs from now until January 7, and tickets range from $19.95 to $39.95 for adults. The Garden Lights exhibit is open every day of the week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m Sunday to Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m on Friday and Saturday. There are more than 2 million lights to be seen across 30 acres of botanical gardens, and the event is expected to see more than 165,000 visitors this year alone. Other exhibits to note include the Tunnel of Light and the Ice Goddess. The Orchestral Orbs is another fun favorite where lights change colors to the beat of different songs.

Winter can be a little more fun when you go out and explore the many events in Atlanta. If you’re looking for apartments in Atlanta that put you in the center of it all, consider 2460 Peachtree for your next place to tour. Between our location, amenities, and spacious floor plans, we give our residents much more than they bargained for. Give us a call today to see what we mean!

4
Dec 17

Glide Into Another Season of Ice Skating at Piedmont Park

Ice SkatingAre you in search of an exhilarating activity to help wipe away the winter blues, or are you just seeking a fun activity that will get you moving? You should consider ice skating at The Aquafina Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

This favorite in town holiday tradition will once again feature modern amenities for day and night skating including a covered rink that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide and comfortably accommodates 200. Open through Presidents Day, Monday, February 19, 2018, Atlantans and visitors alike can enjoy unforgettable ice skating experiences.

The Aquafina Rink at Park Tavern offers all-day skate for $15-$20 for all ages until 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the Rink is a 16+ venue until Midnight. Following are just five of the many reasons to get out and go ice skating this season!

It’s Open Seven Days Per Week

The Rink at Park Tavern opens its doors each day of the week, making it more convenient for residents of apartments in Atlanta to schedule their time on the ice. You can stop in for a few quick spins around the rink after work or plan a Sunday Funday for friends and family.

It Has Rink-Side Dining

You and your skating companions will probably be understandably hungry and thirsty after a vigorous workout on the ice. Instead of bundling up and heading for another venue to dine or have a beverage, you can enjoy rink-side dining.

It’s a Great Date Night Option

The Rink at Park Tavern is open until midnight on weekends and is only open to those 16 years of age and older after 8:30 p.m., making it an ideal date night destination for those seeking something different. Piped-in music contributes to the romantic ambiance.

You Can Book the Rink for a Party

If you’re seeking a unique venue for a birthday or anniversary celebration, consider booking the rink for your festivities. The Rink at Park Tavern is also a perfect choice for corporate outings. The Park Tavern restaurant has a fabulous array of party platters for you to choose from, and the dessert menu includes delectable items such as Frozen Hot Chocolate and Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

You Can Learn to Skate

If you have not yet begun to explore the wonderful world of ice skating, this winter is the perfect opportunity to add this activity to your list of accomplishments. Ice skating lessons are available from trained experts for all ages and ability levels. Private lessons and group lessons are available from former gold medalist Caitlin McDonald.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable office staff if you would like more information on our available apartments in Atlanta.

13
Nov 17

Cirque du Soleil Luzia

AcrobaticsIf you haven’t had the chance to experience a Cirque du Soleil show yet, this month of November is the perfect time. Discover LUZIA, where a waking dream transports you to an imaginary Mexico. Experience a wondrous world that inspires you to explore your senses, enveloped in light and nurtured by rain.

You can catch a LUZIA show right here in Atlanta at Atlantic Station. Shows run until November 19 so don’t miss out! Tickets are starting at $50. However, there are special offers (such as a Family Pack and special offers for groups), VIP Package, Behind the Scenes Package and Producer Seats also available.

About LUZIA

Be prepared to take a journey to an imaginary Mexico during LUZIA, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. LUZIA uniquely brings to the stage traditional and modern places, faces and sounds of Mexico with an extravagant series of visual surprises and remarkable acrobatic performances.

Inspired by Water

Incorporating the element of water into the show adds a dynamic of acrobatic complexity that has never been seen before under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil. Cyr Wheel artists showcase their athleticism by rolling and spinning under the rain. In addition, an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze twirls and moves through pouring showers.

A Captivating Set

During LUZIA, the crowd will go on an adventure through “an old movie set to the ocean to the semi-desert to an undersea world to a cenote to the jungle to a city alleyway to a dance salon.” Ultimately, the audience will pass from an urban setting to the natural world, past to present, tradition to modernity.

Surreal Animals

Another unique aspect of LUZIA shows are the surrealistic animals of all sizes. The animal world is evident in Mexico’s traditions and mythology as it is in its traditional arts and crafts and LUZIA stays true to this.

Fascinating Acrobatics

LUZIA combines hoop diving (a traditional circus discipline from China) and two huge treadmills to create speed and to expand the number of daring leaps that are performed. You’ll be in for a treat the entire show!

Our apartments in Atlanta are the perfect place to come home to after LUZIA. Give us a call to learn more about our available apartment homes!

1
Nov 17

ATL International Night Market

Plate of FoodNovember is here and what better way to kick off the month than at Atlanta’s first International Night Market from November 3-5 (5 p.m.)! AINM (Atlanta’s International Night Market) is a large, family-friendly open-air night market. The Night Market features over 200 independent vendors selling art, food and drink. In addition, the International Night Market will have small-scale cultural performances which celebrate the rich cultural diversity and heritage of the city of Atlanta.

About Atlanta’s International Night Market

AINM is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people together for a celebration of culture, community and international cuisine. This event has a projected attendance of over 75,000 people from Atlanta and nearby states.

The concept of AINM is similar to traditional outdoor markets popular throughout Asia and Europe. The Night Market is a grand social event where food, retail and community vendors offer a variety of fresh, local street foods, arts and crafts, and other culturally-relevant fares. Furthermore, the Night Market was started in order to give chefs, artists, performers, makers, non-profit organizations and local business a platform for which to showcase their amazing talents, skills and craftsmanship. This event showcases one of the greatest international communities with more than 75 nationalities represented in Metro Atlanta at AINM.

The mission of the Atlanta’s International Night Market is to “provide a place where people from all nations can enrich their lives through experience with food, performances, games and the visual arts to nourish and delight the mind and spirit while celebrating diversity and community.”

Taste the World at Unique Villages

AINM’s “Taste the World” message is one which celebrates Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Culture. Becoming knowledgeable about other culture’s food, games, performances, and traditions is an important way to help bring real positive change in our global community.

To provide an exciting, fun, unique and educational event for all, the Night Market is arranged in a series of unique “Villages.” You will find the following Villages at AINM:

Artist Village which is a juried art festival featuring handmade arts and crafts from international artists.

Kid-Zone Village is packed with fun activities for kids, featuring cultural games, imaginative arts and crafts, kid-friendly foods and more that will provide a memorable experience for little ones.

Specialty Drinks & Desserts Village features tasty drinks and desserts from around the world.

Veggie Village is a vegan festival inside AINM. This village is a plant-based food lover’s paradise! Meet the event’s vegan artists, performers, and chefs and experience a diverse array of scrumptious dishes from around the world.

International Beer Village will feature a vast selection of ice cold brews from across the globe as well as local craft beers.

You don’t want to miss out on the Atlanta International Night Market which runs from November 3-5. The Night Market is a rain or shine event and is located at Northlake Mall in Atlanta. Parking is free and tickets at the gate are only $5 per person, per day. Children 6 and under are free! Once you’ve had a thrilling time at AINM, you’re going to want a relaxing place to come back home to. Consider making our Atlanta apartments your new home! Call our office to learn more!

1
Nov 17

Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp

Guy Playing the GuitarWith November coming into full swing, you may be on the hunt for fun autumn events to attend this month. If you love chili and Bluegrass, look no further than the annual Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival on November 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

This event benefits Cabbagetown parks, green spaces and community center. The forecast is predicted to be beautiful just like last year so you don’t want to miss out on the yummiest and most fun fall festival in Atlanta!

Chili Cook-Off

This is the third year that Chomp & Stomp is honoring longtime Cabbagehead Chef Ria Pell with the CHEF RIA PELL RESTAURANT CHILI AWARD. Chomp & Stomp has a great panel of local chefs judging the restaurant competition and 75 neighbors debating the individual team cook-off.

The event predicts a large crowd this year so it is recommended to get there right at 11:00 a.m. to secure your spoon, which is your ticket to taste testing! The chili tasting begins at 12:30 and the chili will go fast so make sure you are at the event early!

Live Music

In honor of Cabbagetown’s past as a little bit of country in the big city, Chomp & Stomp features tunes that were popular when residents lived here. Back then, they played old-time music and preserved rural traditions right here in the middle of the city. You can catch the same kind of tunes right here at Chomp & Stomp.

There are three places you can catch live music at Chomp & Stomp: Cabbagetown Park Stage, Esther Peachy Lefevre Pavillion, and Brookshire Amphitheater. Artists include Control Burn, Smokey’s Farmland Band, Arlo Finch, Front Porch Session Players, Sugar Lime Blue and Georgia Mountain Stringband, just to name a few!

Artist Market

The Artist Market will be featuring over 65 local artists. Cabbagetown continues to attract a diverse group of artists who are drawn here by inexpensive studio space and eclectic neighbors.

The Artist Market wraps around the top of the festival. With 65 artists, you are sure to find the perfect item or gift. Chomp & Stomp Artist Market is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The crowd is expected to be over 20,000 people.

If you’re looking to be near all of the action of this fun fall event and other community events, consider making our apartments in Atlanta your new home. Give our office a call to learn more!

16
Oct 17

4 Easy Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

pumpkin pieIt’s boots and scarves season, and we could not be more excited! Autumn in Atlanta is a delightful time of year, and the best part: delicious desserts. The following four pumpkin recipes are classics, but don’t be afraid to put your own twist on them!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Soon, the smell of pumpkin pancakes will be wafting through your apartment.

First, blend flour, brown and white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat pumpkin puree, spices, one egg, milk, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice together. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Warm up a butter or oil-greased skillet to medium heat, then scoop in the batter (feel free to make fun shapes!). Cook the pancakes around 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

Serve with whipped cream, syrup or toppings of choice.

Pumpkin Bread

This simple recipe will make you feel warm and cozy inside, especially if you devour it fresh out of the oven.

To make, mix pumpkin, eggs, sugar, and oil in one bowl. Stir flour, baking soda, salt and spices in another, then combine dry ingredients into wet until just blended. Pour into greased pans, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 50 minutes. Bread is finished when a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes, then serve with ice cream and/or coffee.

Pumpkin Pie

Light and fluffy, this dessert is a must-have during the fall season.

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt. Transfer into an unbaked pie crust, and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool and top with homemade whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, sugar and spices with an electric mixer. Pour into a graham cracker pie crust (don’t be afraid to go the homemade route!) and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes, or until mixture is almost set. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours and serve chilled.

There are plenty of pumpkin recipes available to try, and, of course, the gourmet style kitchen and stainless steel appliances at 2460 Peachtree Apartments make all of these recipes easy to whip up! If you are searching for apartments in Atlanta, view our available one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

9
Oct 17

5 Fall-Inspired Cocktails

Cocktail in a GlassOne of the most enjoyable things about fall is the food and drink options that are available. As the weather cools, people start to crave comfort – even in their cocktails. These five cocktails embody both the old and the new, combining flavors both expected and unexpected. Mix one up and relax into fall!

5 Cocktails for Fall

1. Hot Apple Pie

Everyone can appreciate a cup of hot apple cider in the fall. This Hot Apple Pie cocktail builds on the tried-and-true enjoyment of hot apple cider while adding flavors – like cinnamon and Tuaca – that leave you feeling like you are drinking a delicious apple pie.

2. Old Irish Cure

The Old Irish Cure brings together whiskey and ginger, a combination that was supposedly enjoyed by the Irish – both for its taste and for its ability to help with the symptoms of the common cold. Using honey, lemon, whiskey, ginger, bitters and other special ingredients, you can make your own version of this tried-and-true Irish toddy.

3. Hot Peppermint Patty

Cocoa is great on its own as the cooler months hit, but you can always improve on your favorite hot chocolate drink. By adding liqueurs that complement the cocoa, like mint and chocolate, you can create a Hot Peppermint Patty that you can drink.

4. Amberjack

The idea of putting beer into a cocktail may seem a little strange, but old cocktail recipes often used beer to create tasty concoctions. In the Amberjack, you use a Belgian beer known as an apple lambic with apple vodka to create a drink that mimics the classic cocktails of old.

5. Hunter’s Cocktail

Whiskey and cherry brandy come together to make a cocktail that can take the chill off, even if it is a cold drink. You don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy it, although going on a long walk in the cool autumn air would make the Hunter’s Cocktail even more delicious when you arrive home.

Enjoy Your Autumn in Atlanta

Let us help you enjoy the fall season just a little bit more. Please contact us with questions about our apartment community, or to learn more about our Atlanta apartments. Our office will be happy to answer all your questions!

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