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4 Summer Centerpiece Ideas

Summer Flower VaseOne of the easiest ways to bring summer cheer to your home is by using seasonal centerpieces. While the dining room table is the first place many people think of for a centerpiece, these decorations can be used on any table – and even on countertops – to bring a pop of liveliness to your rooms. Here are some ideas for giving your centerpieces that summer flair:

Put Succulents Under Glass Cloches

This is a great idea for special occasions. Just put small succulent plants under glass to make it happen. Once the event ends, remember to take the plants back out and return them to their places on a sunny windowsill. Plants need light to live, but can easily handle spending a few hours on display every so often.

Try Summer Flowers

Make a flower centerpiece more seasonal by using varieties that can’t be easily found during the rest of the year. Marigolds and zinnias work well together and fit the bill as being summer-specific.

Float Candles and Embellishments on Water

This idea has been very popular over the last few years, so you’ll be right in style with your variation. The basic ingredients are clear vessels, water, and candles that float. Many people add rose petals, colored gravel, or other embellishments to dress up the basic formula. Add your own waterproof extras to make the idea your own. Customize it further by using something unusual, such as a brandy snifter, for the vessel.

Fill Lantern Frames With Unexpected Things

Everyone expects a lantern to hold a light source, but if you use the frame of a lantern as a centerpiece, you can put something beautifully unexpected inside instead. A couple of flowers, some sprigs of herbs, or even a whole fruit or two will work well. Choose a lantern style that has plenty of open space (or clear glass) for best results.

These are just some of the ways you can bring summer to your tabletops. Use the ideas as-is or customize them to suit your individuality. Either way, the results should be beautiful!

If it’s time to try ideas like this in a new location, consider our apartments in Orlando. Just stop by our office to schedule a tour of our available apartment homes.

Multiple Kayaks

Things to Do In and Around Orlando This Summer

Multiple KayaksFor those living at Promenade Crossing, you already know there is plenty to do in this city. Our Orlando apartments are only a few minutes from many of the area’s best attractions. Yet, even in this situation, you may want something interesting to do. We have some suggestions for you.

Not to Miss Events and Activities In and Around Orlando This Summer

Whether you are new to the area or you are looking for something different to do this summer, we have a few key recommendations for you. Add these fun things to your summer bucket list!

Florida Kids and Family Expo

Check out the Florida Kids and Family Expo. It takes place on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 at the Orange County Convention Center. With inexpensive admission, it is the perfect way to give kids an opportunity to explore something new. This indoor event provides lots of opportunities for family-friendly play.

Check Out Some of the Attractions You Haven’t Been to Lately

If you haven’t been to LEGOLAND Florida Knight Lights, now is a great time to go. Another fantastic experience is SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean, happening now until August 5. Or, take a drive to the Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and the Everglades National Park for an inviting and educational tour. There’s always a good reason to go to the Kennedy Space Center, as well.

Take to the Parks

If you have not taken the time to explore the area’s parks, now is a great time to do so. Go beyond the local playground. For example, head to Wekiwa Springs State Park. Spend some time canoeing there. You can also go kayaking in the area. Moreover, you can also head to Florida’s Crystal Clear Springs for a fantastic, hands-on experience. Other local options include any of the splash pads in the community. And don’t forget a sunset walk in one of the parks along the trail!

Exploring the Best of Orlando Close to Home

When you live in our Orlando apartments, it is easy to find something to do all year long. Visit us today to learn more about our available floor plans at Promenade Crossing if you want the same benefits of living close to it all.

Small Maltese

The Best Dog Breeds That are Suited for Apartments

Small MalteseA common misconception among fledgling pet owners is that the smaller the dog, the better it’s suited for sharing life in an apartment. However, this is not always the case. Although size is certainly a consideration for residents of apartments in Orlando when choosing a furry friend, some little dogs, such as Pomeranians, come with a big bark that can be a nuisance to neighbors. Following are five breeds that are suitable for life in an apartment community.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an intelligent, playful breed that ranges in weight from 10 to 20 pounds. They resemble white balls of fluff, are easily trained, and aren’t known to be heavy shedders. As an added bonus, the Bichon Frise is bred to be hypoallergenic, making them a particularly good choice for indoor living.

Bulldog

Bulldogs have a calm, placid nature and a low energy level that makes them ideal for apartment life. They aren’t aren’t prolific barkers, and they respond well to consistent training methods. Bulldogs possess a dignified air, but they are nonetheless friendly dogs that enjoy the company of humans as well as that of other animals.

Maltese

Maltese feature silky, long coats and weigh less than eight pounds on average. Although they will bark when necessary, they rarely become nuisance barkers. These affectionate little dogs don’t shed much and are easily trained.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are gentle dogs that make good family companions and unlike many of the smaller breeds, they are very good with children. They generally weigh between 13 to 18 pounds at maturity, have average energy levels, and their eagerness to please makes them particularly easy to train.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an outgoing and playful breed that can weigh up to 16 pounds. Like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Shih Tzu is good with children. Although this breed is not a prolific barker, they will sound an alarm when someone’s at the door.

At Promenade Crossing, we offer one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Please feel free to reach out to our office at your convenience if you would like more information on finding the right pet-friendly apartment home for you.

Hotel Room

Learn About Our Available Summer Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel RoomLooking for an excuse to head out on vacation this summer? Luckily, when you’re a Waterton resident, you can enjoy great discounts at Waterton managed hotels across the U.S. all summer long! That’s because Waterton manages residential communities, like Promenade Crossing, and hotels. Check out the many awesome hotel deals available to our residents below!

It is important to keep in mind that special pricing is only good now until August 31, 2017 and is based on availability. Prices are subject to change, as well. To book your stay, call the special number associated with the hotel of your choosing and request the Waterton corporate rate!

Hot Summer Deals at Waterton Hotels

DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport – Moon Township, PA

At the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport, rates start at just $89. Explore all that this culturally-rich city has to offer with a trip to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum and more. With reduced room rates, you’ll have plenty of time for great food, excellent nightlife and maybe even a game at PNC Park!

Sheraton Framingham – Framingham, MA

Rates at the Sheraton Framingham start at $159 for weekdays and just $99 on the weekends! With access to the beautiful, natural beauty of Massachusetts and options for a day trip to Boston, Framingham is a great destination for travelers who enjoy the best of both worlds. During your trip, be sure to check out Calahan State Park, Hopkinton State Park and the historical neighborhoods dotted around the city.

Other Waterton managed hotels include:

  • Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA – from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Aloft San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA – from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Hyatt Place San Jose in San Jose, CA – enjoy 20% off the best available rate
  • DoubleTree Skokie in Skokie, IL – starting at $99
  • Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Marlborough, MA – from $139 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Sheraton Needham in Needham, MA – starting at $99
  • DoubleTree Westborough in Westborough, MA – starting at $99
  • Westin Columbus in Columbus, OH – from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Aloft Beachwood in Beachwood, OH – starting at $89
  • Comfort Inn Piqua in Piqua, OH – starting at $49
  • Sheraton Madison in Madison, WI – starting at $99

Plan Your Summer Vacation Today

With so many great options for a discounted summer getaway, there’s no reason why Waterton residents should wait to book the vacation of their dreams! To take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Orlando, visit our office today.

Blue waters at the Beach

A Trio of Beaches That are an Easy Drive From Orlando

Blue waters at the BeachOne of the bonuses of living in Orlando is that you’re just about an hour away from several nice beaches that are just perfect for beating Florida’s notoriously swampy summer months. Ready to beat the heat? Then pack up your beach bag and grab your towels so you can enjoy these three coastal delights.

Cocoa Beach

Driving time to this family-friendly beach is roughly an hour and five minutes, and many in Orlando consider this “their” beach. Cocoa Beach boasts a 900-foot-long wooden pier and is also home to the world’s largest surf shop, Ron Jon. There is also a five-acre beachside park where you can barbecue or have a picnic. The Alan Shepard Park, which is named after the astronaut, also has bathroom and shower facilities, as well as more than 300 parking spaces available.

New Smyrna Beach

Hate dragging your beach chairs, towels and cooler from your car to the sand? Then head to New Smyrna Beach, where you can drive your car right onto the hard-packed sands. This is also a family-oriented beach that is located approximately an hour and eight minutes from Orlando. Have a water-loving pup? Then instead of going to the main beach, head to Smyrna Dunes Park, which features a dog-friendly stretch of sand where your pup can enjoy romping in the water, as long as they stay on a leash.

Canaveral National Seashore

If you’re searching for a quiet, very natural stretch of sand where you might not see many other souls, head to Canaveral National Seashore. Located a little over an hour from Orlando, this seashore is free of motels, restaurants, homes and other development. While visiting the Canaveral National Seashore, don’t be surprised if you see an armadillo scurrying by. There’s more than just a beach to enjoy and see at Canaveral National Seashore!

Are you searching for apartments in Orlando that have a pool for those days when you can’t make the trek to the ocean? Then come check out our beautiful resort-style pool and sundeck at our pet-friendly Promenade Crossing Apartments. Give us a call or stop by our office to learn more about our community, amenities and available floor plans.

Promenade Crossing Waterfront View

5 Ways to Plan a Relaxing Staycation

Promenade Crossing Waterfront ViewNeed to get away but for whatever reason the mountains, Grand Canyon or Paris are out of the question? You need a staycation.

A staycation isn’t just another weekend in your Orlando apartments. It’s a relaxing time that doesn’t require booking hotels or airport security. Hooray! It takes some planning for a staycation to be memorable, rejuvenating and enjoyable for all involved.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways to plan the perfect staycation.

Whose Staycation is It?

Some staycations are just for you, a couple’s staycation, a staycation with friends, or a staycation for the whole family.

Take inventory of everyone who will staycation with you. What will everyone enjoy? Do you need a babysitter, pet sitter or other arrangements so that you can totally relax?

Set Down Ground Rules

You need ground rules to make sure this doesn’t just become another weekend at home.

These might include:

  • No working
  • No cleaning
  • No cooking (unless it’s a big pan of brownies you wouldn’t eat otherwise)
  • No cell phones (except for emergencies)

It’s your time. You make the rules. But be okay with breaking them if it enhances the experience.

Get Pampered

A staycation is a great time to get pampered. Schedule a massage. If it’s just your staycation, get your significant other or kids to deliver you breakfast in bed.

If you don’t frequently get your hair done, start your staycation off with a new style.

Wear Clothes You Never Wear

Most of us have an outfit that we never think to wear on a normal day. Make these days special by wearing clothes that make you feel like it’s not just another day.

Do Something You’d Never Do

Take the family out to a fancy restaurant. Visit a water park you’d never go to. Chill in the park with a great book. Visit the Orlando Museum of Art. If you would do it even once a year, it’s completely out. This should feel like you’re somewhere else and it will with a little planning.

Your Orlando Apartments

Now, get out there and enjoy your relaxing staycation. If you’re searching for apartments in Orlando, FL from which to plan your staycation, schedule a tour of our floor plans at Promenade Crossing today.

Promenade Crossing Bark Park

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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