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Ways to Make Your Apartment More Inviting

Regatta at Lake Lynn Living RoomWelcoming people into your home at Regatta at Lake Lynn is the perfect way to enjoy your home a bit more. If you are having your first guests over or perhaps inviting someone that’s pretty important to you, invest in a few changes. Your goal is to make your apartment in Raleigh a bit more inviting. There are plenty of ways to do this.

Tips to Make Your Apartment Welcoming

There are many ways you can make an apartment welcoming. The key here is to ensure that people feel like they can come in, sit down, have a few drinks, and share some time with you. Here are a few tips to help you make this ideal.

Set the Tone at the Door

Be sure your doorway sets the tone for the rest of your home. Keep it clear. Ensure there is a place to take off shoes and to hang up coats. You’ll also want to make sure this space isn’t cluttered and perhaps offers a rug that welcomes people to walk in deeper into your home. Use beautiful colors to decorate this space.

Create a Conversation Area

Set up the living space to encourage conversation. You don’t have to have your guests staring at the TV. Instead, bring seats closer together so that they can easily talk and engage each other. This makes the space more inviting, but it also helps to make any visit from your loved ones or friends more enjoyable.

Don’t Over Do the Décor

A big mistake to avoid is overdoing it with too many items. You’ll want to pick a color theme and a few elements to make this space interesting. Be sure your tastes, likes, and interests come through. You want people to ask you about the items around your home. But, you don’t want too many things that clutter up the space and make it hard to focus. Use more meaningful items, even if there are only a few of them, to decorate your home.

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Pasta Noodles

Pantry Staples for Residents Looking to Save Money

Pasta NoodlesEating at home, instead of dining out, is a terrific way to save money, but even this can get pricey when you don’t shop wisely. Stock up on versatile, less expensive pantry staples you can use to create tasty meals on a budget. A full pantry also lets you skip frequent grocery store visits, which can drain your pocketbook, especially if you’re an impulsive shopper. For cooks looking to save money in our Raleigh apartments, keep these basic pantry staples on hand.

Pasta

Dry pasta is a highly versatile pantry item with a long shelf life and it’s easy to prepare into numerous main courses and side dishes. Keep a variety of different style noodles on hand and experiment with sauces to vary your menu. Use jarred sauces or create your own. Add your choice of meats and/or vegetables for heartier dishes.

Grains

Like pasta, you can mix grains like white and brown rice, quinoa and couscous with many other foods, sauces and spices to create a wide range of inexpensive, healthy recipes. For well-rounded menus, take grains beyond the side dish. Try main courses like grain casseroles, risotto, paella and chicken fried rice.

Legumes

Beans are the most common legumes, but there’s a lengthy list of beans and lentils with varied flavors and numerous menu options available. Beans are also an inexpensive source of protein you can substitute for meat in most recipes, which is great for vegetarians or residents looking to lower their grocery bill. Stock a variety of (convenient) canned beans and (less expensive) dried beans.

Spices

Most pantries include salt and pepper, but a varied collection of spices helps you add flavor to even the simplest dishes. Basics like garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, curry powder, rosemary and thyme go a long way. Although some spices aren’t cheap, most recipes take small amounts, so they last a long time. Buying spices in bulk also make them more affordable. Most spices have a long shelf life, so they’re a sound investment for your culinary creations.

Regatta at Lake Lynn offers beautiful, newly renovated apartments with lake front and trail access to Lake Lynn in Raleigh, North Carolina. Best of all, floor plans include a pantry area to provide plenty of room for your staples. Schedule a tour by calling (844) 214-3323 today!

Roasted Vegetables

Key to Roasting Vegetables

Roasted VegetablesRoasting vegetables brings out their sweet and savory flavors in amazing ways. Roasted veggies make a great side for the main holiday dishes you serve at our Raleigh apartments. When you roast your veggies, you must follow the right procedures to ensure the flavors come out while cooking. Follow this guide to make the tastiest roasted vegetables imaginable with very little effort.

Properly Prep Your Vegetables

You can select nearly any vegetable for roasting, though root veggies tend to develop the most flavor in the oven. Veggies must be washed and dried thoroughly to start the prep process. Once you have the vegetables patted dry, toss them in oil and sprinkle your favorite herbs and spices over the top. Spread out the veggies on a cookie sheet, making sure each piece is touching the pan surface. Stacking the vegetables will transform roasting into steaming, causing the veggies to come out of the oven limp and soggy.

Preheat the Oven at Our Raleigh Apartments

Since veggies tend to cook fast during the roasting process, you want to place them in a preheated oven that is already piping hot. Although most ovens do a great job with root vegetables at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you may need to adjust the temperature slightly to suit the appliance in your apartments in Raleigh. Once the oven comes up to the correct temp, slide the tray of vegetables onto the center rack and set the timer for 25 minutes.

Add a Pat of Butter After Cooking

When your timer goes off, check the vegetables for doneness by poking them with a fork. If the vegetables feel firm, but cooked through, pull them out of the oven. Give the roasted veggies a little something special by adding a tablespoon of butter to the top. After the butter melts, toss the veggies once more and serve.

As you revel in the tasty roasted veggies you created, reflect on your living situation and ask yourself if it is time for an apartment upgrade. If you want to upgrade your abode, contact our team at the Regatta at Lake Lynn by calling (844) 214-3323.

Lavender Oil

5 Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep

Lavender OilSo many people toss and turn at night, unable to either get to sleep or stay asleep. Many want solutions but are hesitant to go with options that could cause side effects. The good news is that there are many natural ways to get better sleep. Here are five of them.

1. Lavender Oil

This wonderful essential oil that comes in a little bottle is definitely known for being great at relaxing the mind and body. There are many ways you can use it, such as by simply breathing in the scent from the bottle or placing a couple drops on your pillow. There are also lotions that include lavender essential oil and that you can use at bedtime.

2. Bedtime Bath

Babies aren’t the only ones who benefit from a soothing bedtime bath. People of any age find this therapy to be pleasant and calming. Try adding Epsom salts or essential oils like lavender to warm bath water.

3. Deep Breathing

Sometimes the simplest remedies are the best. Take several slow, long and deep breaths while you’re in bed or before you get into bed. Clear your mind of any stressful thoughts or problems. Even better, practice deep breathing while listening to peaceful music like classical.

4. Nutrition

Let food be your sleep time medicine by incorporating foods into your daily diet that help with sleep. These include foods that contain magnesium and B vitamins. And if you are looking for a home with a great kitchen for preparing these foods, consider our apartments in Raleigh.

5. Herbal Tea

There might be something valid in the advice to drink a warm cup of milk at bedtime, but even better might be a different type of beverage. Numerous herbs sold as herbal teas can be wonderful at inducing sleep and relaxation. They include chamomile and lavender. Also look for teas that contain combinations of relaxing herbs.

When you sleep well and long enough, you wake up feeling rested and refreshed enough to forge into a busy day. And if you are looking for a great place to live and rest, check out our Raleigh apartments. Feel free to call our office today to see which of our floor plans are currently available.

Skeletal Dinosaur in Museum

Four of Raleigh’s Top Museums

Skeletal Dinosaur in MuseumWhile downtown is still known for its Southern charm and many oak trees, Raleigh is now a bustling city. Exploring a local museum is a great way for residents of our Raleigh apartments to unwind. Here are four of the best.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

This museum offers the perfect opportunity to explore the state’s natural wonders, whether rocky mountains or the wonders of the Atlantic. View life as it used to be with a re-creation of six habitats from prehistoric times. The museum is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus skeleton ever recovered as well as Willo, a dinosaur with a fossilized heart. Some parts of the facility are closed on Mondays.

Marbles Kids Museum

Looking for a great family destination? The Marbles Kids Museum is ideal for kids through age 10. It features play-based learning. Dozens of interactive exhibits, IMAX Theatre and educational films and special events are available. Kids can learn about solar power and good money habits and even build simple machinery. They can interact with technology and use math learning stations. Groups of at least 10 will want to make reservations.

City of Raleigh Museum

These days, Raleigh is a bustling metropolis. A trip to this museum is a celebration of its history and legacy and a chance to consider its future. Explore 200 years of images and artifacts, including a history of the city in maps. This museum is open Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free daily. A recommended donation of $5 for adults can be placed in their donation box in the gift shop.

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

North Carolina State University is home to this interesting museum. It features major holdings in clothing and textiles, folk and Native American art, ceramics, photography and the decorative arts. The general public can see the collection upon request.

There’s always something to do in North Carolina’s capital. A trip to one of these great museums is a refreshing change of pace after a busy workweek. After your visit to one of these intriguing museums, end it with a relaxing evening in our apartments in Raleigh. Call us today to find out which floor plan best meets your needs.

Cooking With Pumpkin

3 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes to Try This Fall

Cooking With PumpkinPumpkins are the ideal ingredient in fall dessert recipes. If you’re looking to make desserts with this flavorful produce and a few spices, consider one, or all, of the following recipes this autumn.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These delicious cookies are a great treat to have with a warm cup of coffee on chilly fall evenings. To make them, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and mix baking soda, nutmeg, cream of tartar, flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, butter and canned pumpkin puree, then add an egg and vanilla to it. Add the flour mix, then stir it all together for a couple of minutes. In another bowl, mix sanding sugar, allspice and cinnamon together. Coat rolls of dough with the sugar mixture, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Pumpkin Cannoli

These sweet desserts are ideal to have after a pasta dinner, but you can also enjoy them after any meal. To make these, blend pumpkin puree and mascarpone cheese on medium speed. Add whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, then blend on medium speed. Scrape this mixture into a piping bag, then use it to fill up cannoli shells. Dip each end of the cannoli shells into mini chocolate chips, then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Since this is a no-bake recipe, your cannoli dessert will be all ready to eat as soon as you’re done.

Pumpkin S’mores Cups

These treats put a seasonal twist on traditional peanut butter cups, and they’re simple to make for a quick dessert. To make them, fill the bottoms of cupcake liners with melted chocolate and place some around the sides of the liners. Put these in the fridge for five minutes, so they’ll get harder. Mix pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow fluff in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of the filling into each cupcake liner, then cover with chocolate. Chill these in the fridge for about ten minutes, then enjoy your dessert.

Our apartments in Raleigh, North Carolina feature cozy kitchens that are perfect for trying out pumpkin dessert recipes. Please contact us for more information on our community.

Bottle of Essential Oil

How to Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Cleaning Routine

Bottle of Essential OilCreating a calm and welcoming atmosphere in your apartment is one of the best ways to reduce stress, relax and share your space with others. With the help of essential oils, you can enjoy a clean and happy home, featuring natural scents that are designed to positively affect your mood. Whether you look forward to a relaxing oasis in the bath or a calming vibe in your bedroom, essential oils can help to step up your cleaning game.

Easy Tips for Incorporating Essential Oils Into Your Apartment Cleaning Routine

1. DIY Disinfectant With Essential Oils

Mix together 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 15 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) in a clean spray bottle. Use it to clean and disinfect hard surfaces around the apartment. Worried about an adverse reaction? Be sure to test it on an inconspicuous area and wait 48 hours before continuing use.

2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree is the perfect essential oil for handmade disinfectants because it is naturally antifungal and has high antiseptic properties. It is effective in fighting against mold and mildew, working very well to get rid of any musty smells around your apartment. Simply add a teaspoon of the essential oil into a spray bottle with 2 cups of water and use on hard surfaces like your floors, showerheads, faucets, door handles and more.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

This delicious scented essential oil is also great for fighting dirt and bacteria around your apartment — proving to be particularly effective in the bathroom or kitchen. Additionally, this refreshing and lovely scent mixes well with other essential oils like rosemary, lavender and lemon. Add a teaspoon to your favorite DIY cleaner and start spraying to create a clean and refreshing atmosphere in every room.

Keep Your Apartment Clean and Fresh With Essential Oils

Green cleaning doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive process when you incorporate essential oils. Are you interested in learning more about our apartment community? Visit our website for more details and be sure to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Raleigh or schedule a tour today.

Patterned Rug

Learn How to Choose the Ideal Area Rug With These Tips

Patterned RugBy using area rugs, you can customize your apartment’s floors without changing the actual flooring. This is great not only because you don’t have to get permission, but also because you can change rugs any time you want to without going through a huge project. That said, you’ll want to keep some things in mind in order to get the best look.

Size Your Rug Properly

A true area rug is very large compared to the room it’s in, but it won’t look right unless it’s big enough to fit the legs of the chairs in the room onto it. Therefore, any rug for a room that has chairs should be measured with this in mind.

You might not have chairs in the bedroom, but the bed itself is a prominent feature. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to use a rug that’s big enough for the bed to sit on top of it. If the side of the bed is up near one wall, you can size the rug to fit nicely on the other side of it instead.

Don’t Overlook Textures

Rugs come in a huge array of patterns and colors, but many of them are boring when it comes to texture. Take a look at some that have patterns cut into them, unusual types of shag, and other such features. You may find that your room looks better with something other than the typical uniform carpet-like pile.

Use Colors That Complement or Contrast the Predominant Ones in the Room

If you get too many colors and patterns going in one room, the overall effect can be overwhelming. Avoid this effect by choosing ones that you can visually tie into the rest of your decor.

Consider What Will be Required for Cleaning

Typically, fancy rugs require specialized rug cleaning to preserve their looks while removing soil. That’s fine if it’s in your budget, but it’s often more convenient to go with a more versatile type that’s easier to maintain.

Of course, before you can put a rug into one of our apartments in Raleigh, you’ll have to move into one. Stop by our office to see our available apartment homes.

Large Pizza

5 Must-Try Pizza Joints in Raleigh

Large PizzaPizza is an absolute American staple and everyone has their favorite restaurant. Some like thick crust, others thin, but at the end of the day, we all love pizza. Here are five Raleigh pizza-musts for our Regatta at Lake Lynn residents to check out.

Lilly’s Pizza

Located in the Five Points neighborhood, Lilly’s uses 100-percent organic pizza sauce, dough and has plenty of vegetarian options. The Italian eatery creates a thick, flavorful pie that fills you up. The restaurant opened in 1993 in an empty biker bar space and grew to popularity because everything has a made-from-scratch flair that is rare these days. Lilly’s isn’t just for vegetarians. It has plenty of meaty topping, Stromboli, pastas and gluten-free options. Lilly’s is located at 1813 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh.

Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar

This community-oriented eatery donates 5 percent of its revenue will be donated to the V Foundation. To date, the restaurant has reportedly raised more than $225,000 for the cause. Beyond being socially conscious, Jimmy V’s uses a wonderful wood stone fire deck pizza oven in plain view so that aspiring chefs can watch the creations come to life. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including Sunday brunch. It emphasizes seasonal and Italian dishes. The marble encased wood stove flavor sets it apart and gluten-free options are available. Jimmy V’s is located at 420 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh.

Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen

The Rye Bar enjoys a refined ambiance and taps into the bounty of locally-grown produce. They serve “folded pizza,” that include Traditional, Southern Calzone and Asparagus Scallion. The rest of the menu spans a vast array of tremendous Southern-style offerings not to be missed as well. The Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen is located at 500 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh.

Peri Brothers Pizza

This pizza-focused restaurant has a wide range of offerings that range from thin to thick crust to pan pizzas. The traditional neighborhood-styled pizza place has earned excellent Yelp reviews from more than 100 satisfied customers and offers online ordering and take out. It’s all about the pizza at Peri Brothers, located at 7321 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Johnny’s Pizza

Known for large pies that are richly flush with toppings, Johnny’s is another positive review-getter. The New York-styled pizzas enjoy that golden-brown, mouther-watering cheesiness. Johnny’s ranks among the best NY-style pies in the area, according to pizza lovers. There are two nearby locations, both just a short drive away: 8759 Holly Springs Road in Apex and 96 Cornerstone Drive in Cary.

We hope our Regatta at Lake Lynn community members take an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful pizza. If you or a friend would like more information about our Raleigh apartments, call us today.

Strawberry Smoothie

Our Favorite Summer Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry SmoothieWhat better way is there to cool down and enjoy the last days of summer? Smoothies bring together vitamin packed fruits, veggies, nuts and leafy greens to give our bodies a boost. Gather friends and loved ones and come hang out by one of the pools at our Raleigh apartments with one of the following tasty smoothies.

All recipes are two servings. As a bonus, smoothie mix can be poured into popsicle molds to create frozen treats for later. For the following recipes, just place ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Berry Blast Smoothie

Fiber rich and refreshing, feel free to add chia seeds or shelled hemp seeds for an omega-3 boost.

-1 cup chopped strawberries
-1 cup blueberries
-1 cup raspberries
-3 tbsp honey
-1 tsp fresh lemon juice
-1/2 cup ice cubes

FruiTea Smoothie

White tea takes a classic fruit smoothie up a notch. Remove the pits and quarter the fruits before you toss into the blender.

-1 plum
-2 peaches
-1 nectarine
-3/4 cup brewed white tea, chilled
-1/2 cup ice cubes
-1 fresh lime
-2-3 tbsp honey

For a protein kick, add whey powder or soft silken tofu to the blender.

Simple Summer Melon

The secret to a sweet, tasty melon smoothie is to only use ripe melons.

-2 cups cubed summer melon (such as watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe)
-1 cup ice cubes, crushed
-2-3 tbsp powdered sugar, honey or agave

Ground flaxseed or chia seeds give this simple smoothie a shot of omega-3.

Green C Smoothie

All of the vitamin C you need for the day, plus some. Looking for more goodness? Add shelled hemp seeds, ground flaxseed or chia seeds for an omega-3 kick.

-1 cup chopped kale
-2 large kiwis
-1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
-1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
-1 rib celery
-1/3 cup ice cubes

Chocolate Nutter Buddy Smoothie

-1 large banana
-1 & 1/2 cups chocolate soy or almond milk
-2 tbsp of peanut, cashew or almond butter

Add a splash of unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon or wheat germ for an antioxidant boost.

Whether you prefer your smoothies on your patio or balcony or on the sun deck by one of our pools, these recipes are sure to please. Give us a call or stop by our community and visit our office to learn more about the amenities and floor plans available in our community.

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