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5 Fun Bark Park Activities

Promenade Crossing Bark ParkBringing your pup to our community’s bark park can be a great way to bond with your dog and keep them active. Looking for some fun activities to enjoy with your dog once you arrive? We’ve got some ideas!

Play Frisbee

Dogs love to play fetch with frisbees, so bring one along with you and see just how coordinated your canine companion is. If frisbee is too difficult for your dog, you can always play with a tennis ball instead and work your way up to playing with a frisbee.

Socialize

If your dog enjoys meeting other dogs, why not socialize them with some of the other dogs at the park? Just be sure to always approach other dogs and their owners carefully and ask for permission before letting your pup play with another dog. After all, not all dogs are social and/or friendly. If you have a larger dog, be sure to keep a close eye on them while playing with smaller dogs so that your pup doesn’t accidentally injure the smaller one.

Set Up an Agility Course

Challenge your dog with an agility course (like the ones you see in dog shows) and see how well your pup does! You can set up cones and other obstacles to create one of your own. Then, using a treat or vocal encouragement, entice your pup to power through the course.

Try Tracking

You can teach your dog to pick up on certain scents by practicing tracking. This is essentially “hide-and-seek,” but with an article of clothing or a similar item. Let your dog sniff an article of clothing, then hide it somewhere in the park to see if your pup can find it!

Play Tug-of-War

And of course, you can never go wrong with an old-fashioned game of tug-of-war. Grab a rope, hold it out for your dog to grab, and then let the fun begin! This is a classic dog toy that most breeds enjoy.

At Promenade Crossing Apartments, residents have access to our community bark park, so you’re never far from fun with your dog. To find out more about our apartments in Orlando and our offered amenities, contact our office today!

Indoor Plants

Indoor Plants Every Apartment Needs

Indoor PlantsAs summer approaches, it is hard to miss how much more vibrant the world is outside. However, while things start looking and feeling better outside, it also starts looking a bit more drab inside your apartment. If you want to make things look better and really help your space come to life, then it is time to consider getting some indoor plants. To help you get the best ones for your apartment, we have compiled a list of some plant must-haves.

English Ivy

If you are looking for a plant that is easy to grow and keep alive while also doing some good in your apartment, look no further than English ivy. Research has shown that it can even help purify the indoor air meaning it can help you breathe better.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is a very popular indoor plant and it is also decorative. Not only that, but they are also easy to grow and according to NASA, they are one of the best plants at fighting and getting rid of pollutants in the air.

Peace Lily

If you are looking for an option that blooms, then the peace lily is a great option. It has beautiful white blooms that can add some life and color to any space. It is also great for areas with little sunlight and cooler temperatures, making it a good option for inside your apartment.

Snake Plant

For those who are forgetful and worried they may forget to water their plants, the snake plant may be the best option because it can survive on very little water. It is also a good plant to have in your bedroom because unlike most plants that absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day, the snake plant does it at night.

If you are in search of a new place to call home and bring all of these great indoor plants, look no further than our apartments in Orlando. You can take a look at our available apartments and even take a tour at your convenience. Contact us or simply stop by our office during office hours and we will be happy to help you find your new apartment home.

Glass of Juice

Top-Rated Juice Bars in Orlando

Glass of Juice

Do you want to stop feeling tired and sluggish? Adding fresh juice and smoothies to your diet is a delicious way to provide your body with all of the additional vitamins and minerals it needs to function at peak condition. Hit up one of these top three juice bars in the Orlando area:

The Smoothie Room

Customers love the store’s artsy vibe and high-quality smoothies and juice selection on the menu. You can order any of the all-natural smoothies, fruit and vegetable juices, in addition to a variety of superfoods and energy bars. The friendly staff is always ready to make a suggestion if you are unable to decide. Join their smoothie club to take advantage of great deals. Call 407-250-4894 or visit The Smoothie Room online for more information.

Raw Juice and Detox

This juice bar helps local Orlando residents counteract their diets with an all-natural juice cleanse. Raw Juice and Detox offers a variety of different juice cleanses to focus on your individual goals. In addition to juice cleanses, the menu includes a selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls. Guests who are a little hungrier can opt to order a wrap or healthy entree from the Grab & Go case. Call 407-951-3120 or check out the menu for options.

Juice’d

At Juice’d, their goal is to provide the community with healthy food options. All of the store’s ingredients are 100% organic and made in-house from local ingredients. Of course, Juice’d’s menu offers smoothies, but there is so much more. Everything from cold-pressed juices to teas to nut mylks are available. Come in and try one of the store’s unique good-for-you snacks and salads. Visit the store’s website to learn more or call 407-440-2919 for more information.

Orlando is a great city to call home, especially when living at our apartments in Orlando. That is the reason everyone is excited about the opportunities available at Promenade Crossing Apartments. Residents at Promenade Crossing Apartments have access to resort-like amenities including a pool, a media lounge, Digital Waterton Concierge services, a clubhouse and so much more. Community members can choose from a variety of one-, two- or three-floor plans to fit their needs. All apartments come with spacious walk-in closets and washer and dryer. Call 877-634-1795 to discover which of our apartments are currently available.

Plate of Mangoes

4 Easy Appetizers to Make for Your Next Dinner Party

Plate of MangoesDinner parties can be a lot of fun, but there is a little pressure involved when you are the one putting on the party. You want to offer dishes that your guests will be wowed by, but you also only have so much time on your hands. Finding the right balance between novelty, flavor, affordability and effort is challenging for even the most experienced hosts. Fortunately, there is a lot of quality information available online that can help to set you on the right path.

4 Great Appetizers That Anyone can Make

1. Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites

These prosciutto-wrapped mango bites are so easy to make, while also delivering a deliciously complex flavor and texture. Just remember to use fresh mango slices, instead of the ones you can find in a jar. The jarred mangoes do not provide the firm bite necessary to really make the dish work. Fortunately, you can often find pre-sliced mango in the supermarket.

2. Baked Brie With Pecans

This is another appetizer that is as easy to make as it is delicious. This baked brie with pecans only requires a few ingredients and minimal time standing over the stove, yet produces an appetizer that is quite beautiful and wonderfully rich, sweet and savory. Remember to let the Brie cool before serving.

3. Shrimp With Tarragon Aioli

Making shrimp with tarragon aioli is fast and simple, and lets you put a satisfying—yet not too filling—protein on the table to please your guests right from the start. You can use pre-cooked shrimp or cook your own. If you do cook fresh shrimp, be sure that they are properly chilled, deveined and peeled before serving.

4. Chocolate Dip Recipe

Sometimes it is nice to start off a dinner party with a little something sweet. Making a tasty chocolate dip to serve with fruit is fast and oh-so-easy. This particular recipe is nice as a starter because it is not too rich, so guests do not fill up right away.

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Woman in Yoga Pose

5 Yoga Poses for Better Sleep

Woman in Yoga PoseHaving a tough time getting to sleep at night? If so, before you crawl into bed, unroll your yoga mat for a few minutes. Yoga can relieve stress, reduce muscle tension, and relax your body and mind, helping you prepare for a great night of slumber.

Sleep Better With These Yoga Poses

Before you head to bed, try these five yoga poses, focusing on deep breathing and clearing your mind as you gently move through the poses.

1. Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose is perfect for relaxing at night. Start by sitting back on your heels. Roll your torso forward until your forehead is resting on your yoga mat. Allow your chest to lower down towards your knees as much as possible, extending your arms to the front. Hold the pose while feeling the stretch, breathing slowly and relaxing into it.

2. Folded Butterfly

This pose helps to soothe and stretch tight hips and a tight lower back. Sitting on your mat, bend knees and bring your feet together. Using hands, open your feet upward like a book. Slowly lengthen your spine while pulling in your belly, relaxing shoulders and folding forward slowly as your torso moves towards your legs. Keeping hands on feet, gently press elbows against the inside of your knees to help lengthen your spine. Hold for five deep breaths.

3. Cobra

The Cobra is a soothing pose that will stretch your shoulders, neck, abs, and chest before bed. Start on your belly, walking hands until you can lift your torso off the mat while your legs and hips continue to rest on the mat. Keep shoulders relaxed and don’t let them come up towards your ears. Lower your head back between shoulder blades, allowing the front of your neck and chest to stretch. Hold for five breaths.

4. Happy Baby

You’ll enjoy a great hip stretch while relieving tightness in your lower back with the Happy Baby Pose. Get on your back in bed or on your mat, bending knees and holding onto feet. If you can’t hold your feet, try your ankles or your thighs. Pull legs gently towards the floor while rocking or holding still to stretch. Hold for five breaths.

5. Legs Up the Wall

This pose relaxes the back, stretches the hamstrings, and offers calming relaxation. Place a pillow or bolster against the wall. Sit as close as possible to the wall next to your pillow. Lie down, place feet on wall with knees bent, and move over until your lower back and bottom are on the pillow. Make sure your bottom is touching the wall, then put feet straight up the wall. Let your body relax while closing your eyes, allow the pillow and wall to support your body while allowing gravity to do its job. Hold for several minutes and relax.

Yoga offers a great way to improve your rest at night, so share these poses with your friends to help them enjoy a better night’s sleep. Know a fellow yogi looking for apartments in Orlando? Invite them to give our office a call to learn more about the floor plans we currently have available.

Pink Flower Arrangement

Our Favorite Flower Shops in Orlando

Pink Flower ArrangementDo you want to brighten up your Promenade Crossing apartment? Our residents enjoy sparkling kitchens with stainless steel appliances, modern bathrooms with designer finishes and more, but every apartment could use a splash of color. A good way to get it is with a bouquet of flowers—but where can you get a great floral arrangement in Orlando? Whether you’re looking for a single bouquet or arrangements for an event, here are some of our favorites:

Colonial Florist

With a great reputation and affordable prices, Colonial Florist has a wide range of “standard” bouquets themed to color or occasion. You can order bouquets online—and if ordering as a gift, you can add a box of chocolates. All of the arrangements can be adjusted as needed. They are a third generation family owned business with great relationships with flower farms around the world.

Flower No. 5

Also with a wide range of bouquets and small arrangements for a reasonable price, Flower No. 5 is a little more expensive, but they offer a great custom design service and are particularly fond of doing weddings. With a convenient location, they welcome walk-ins, although they will only open on Sundays by appointment. They also sell live plants for a more permanent green. Oh, and they have an arrangement with a bakery to provide delicious cupcakes.

Florida Flowers & Orchids

This one is a little different, as they are also a wholesaler serving florists. But they do have a variety of bouquets and rose arrangements for delivery. If you are doing arrangements for an event, such as a wedding or graduation, Florida Flowers can be your cheapest option, whether you are going to DIY it, bring in your own designer, or let them do the work for you. Oh, and they will order in any flower you want, even if they don’t have it in stock.

Regardless of why you want flowers, these amazing florists will make sure you get the display you want. If you are looking for an Orlando apartment, we will make sure we fit your needs with our spacious one to three bedroom floor plans. Contact us today to learn more!

Kitten on Couch

4 Tips on Choosing the Purrfect Kitten

Kitten on CouchWhen you’ve made the decision to get a new kitten, don’t rush to pick one out. It’s important to make sure you find the ideal kitten for your home. Keep the following tips in mind when you go the local shelter to adopt your new feline companion.

Consider Mixed Breeds

If you have your heart set on a specific breed of kitten, you might have a difficult time finding one. You also have to worry about finding a purebred kitten from a reputable breeder. Consider getting a mixed breed instead when it’s time to choose a kitten. Mixed breeds are readily available at local shelters, and they offer a number of benefits, such as better health overall.

Pay Attention to Personality

Cats have their own distinct personalities, so you’ll need to make sure you choose one that you’ll get along with. If you prefer calmer, quieter cats, look for Persians or similar breeds. If you don’t mind a cat that’s active and highly playful, look for Bengals or similar breeds. Keep in mind that even cats from certain breeds have their own personality, though, so there’s no guarantee that yours will be typical of that breed.

Think About Grooming Needs

Long-haired cats are beautiful, but they require regular grooming with a brush to prevent mats from forming. If you don’t have time to do a lot of grooming, consider going with a short-haired kitten instead. Short-haired cats don’t have to be brushed as much–but remember, they still shed.

Spend Time with Kittens Before Choosing One

Before picking out a kitten to bring home, spend time with the ones at the shelter to get a better idea of what they’re like. You should be able to tell if kittens are energetic, shy, aloof or affectionate, which can help you find one that has the temperament you’re looking for. When you’ve spent time with these kittens, you’ll be able to choose the right one to bring home.

Our community in Orlando, FL is a pet-friendly one that welcomes both cats and dogs. Please contact us to learn more about our pet policy or to find out about our available apartments in Orlando.

3 Clovers

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

3 CloversSt. Patrick’s Day has become something to be celebrated all over the United States and not just in Ireland. It is a time to wear green and celebrate Irish heritage or anything Irish if you are not of Irish descent. If you are looking for a great place to celebrate this year, then this list can definitely help you find the best spots around Orlando.

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

  • Church Street St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Come to Church Street on March 17th at 4:30 p.m. for a fun block party where you are guaranteed to get lucky by getting a free green beer. It is sure to be a great time with great entertainment all night long.
  • Crafted Irish St. Patrick’s Day. This is the place to go if you want to find the Irish taste in Orlando. The fun starts on March 17th at 4 p.m. and continues until the place closes at 2 a.m. on Saturday. You can get some great drink specials while also trying some delicious Irish cuisine. The event takes place at Crafted Block & Brew.
  • The St. Practice Day Pub Crawl. If you need to prepare the weekend before for all of the festivities, then get your tickets to the St. Practice Day Pub Crawl. The tickets are only $15 and you must get them before they sell out. You can get all of the practice in that you need before the next weekend comes up with all of the other parties.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Event. If you are looking for a St. Patrick’s party that is family-friendly, look no further than the St. Patrick’s Day Event held by the Happy Days Family Fun Center. You get to play games for tickets and even try to find some extra tickets for prizes. On top of it, there are kids drinks as well as some adult beverages that are green and tasty. It is the best option for both you and your children.

If you are looking for a great place to call home in the area, be sure to check out our Orlando apartments. We have many different floor plans that can make you feel right at home.

Coffee Table

5 Books Your Coffee Table is Missing

Coffee Table BookEvery bit as much a great decoration as they are excellent reading material, coffee table books are an irreplaceable part of the modern American home. They are great for decor and even better conversation starters. If you would like to grace your table with some great new books, check out these five books your coffee table is missing:

The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968

If you’re a fan of Disney’s golden age of animation, this book is a must. Containing both written and visual history of some of the company’s best films, this is a highly entertaining and attractive collection.

Norman Rockwell 332 Covers

An American classic, Norman Rockwell’s paintings are to this day some of the most recognizable works of art in the country. As the title suggests, this book contains 332 of Norman Rockwell’s most famous cover paintings.

National Geographic: The Photographs

It’s no surprise that a magazine made famous by its stunning photographs would be able to put together an incredible coffee table book. National Geographic: The Photographs was the go-to gift of the year when it came out and is still one of the most popular coffee table books available today.

The War: An Intimate History

If you are a history buff, this book is a must-have. The War: An Intimate History makes the history of WWII personal and relatable. This combined with its collection of iconic photos make it a great book to have gracing your coffee table.

Everest: A Mountain Without Mercy

Mount Everest, the world’s most infamous peak, has inspired many a tale and one excellent coffee table book. This book contains plenty of great stories, stunning photographs, and rich history.

At Promenade Crossing, we recognize the value in having great coffee table books for your home. They are a great decoration and a wonderful way to pass the time, and we strongly recommend all of the books in the above list. We also hope that, if you are looking for a wonderful new place to call home, that you will check out our Orlando apartments and contact us today with any questions you may have.

 

Living Room

Get Ready for Spring Cleaning at Promenade Crossing!

Living RoomSpring comes early in Orlando, FL, so get ready for some spring cleaning that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. From curtains to baseboards and everything in between, spring is the perfect time to break out your deep cleaning supplies and get your home in prime shape.

Deep Cleaning Within Your Interior Spaces

Deeply cleaning every room within your home will likely involve the following:

  • In the bathroom(s) – Toss any items cluttering up your space, such as old make-up, personal care products and/or medications. Wash and scrub every surface in your bathroom, including the area behind the toilet, baseboards and lighting fixtures. Organize and clean your linen cabinet and clean your hair and make-up brushes in soapy water. Finally, be sure to replace old toothbrushes and any medical supplies you’ve discarded.
  • In the kitchen – Discard any expired food from the fridge and/or pantry areas in your kitchen. Thoroughly clean all interior and exterior surfaces of large and small appliances, including your refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, etc. Wipe down the surfaces of all cabinet and pantry shelves and finish with the cabinet doors.
  • In the bedroom(s) – Sort through and donate any clothing you rarely use. Wash all pillows and window dressings, then organize and clean within your closet, placing unneeded items in the “giveaway” pile. Sweep and mop or vacuum the entire floor area, including underneath your bed. Dust every surface including nightstands, then remove and clean inside any drawers you are using in the bedroom.
  • Throughout the home – Be sure to dust the mini-blinds and window sills throughout your home, as they tend to collect dust that creates respiratory issues. Dust and/or wipe all electronic devices, including the cords, as well as lamps and ceiling fans. Cleaning your windows and shampooing carpets is a great way to gain a fresh perspective for your day!

Enjoy Clean Spaces Inside and Out

Promenade Crossing Apartments in Orlando provide the perfect setting to encourage deep spring cleaning. With luxurious amenities and a perfectly clean interior and exterior environment, you’ll be enlivened and ready to spring to life! Give us a call today to find out which floor plan would best meet your needs.

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