Start Planning for Summer Vacation Now With These Tips!

Memorial Day is next week which means the unofficial start to summer is almost here! Pool days and outdoor fun are in order for the whole family for the next few months. Here are some great ways you can help your family prepare for summer now so you can enjoy fun in the sun!

 

1 – Make sure you purchase new sunscreens. Sunscreen has a shelf life just as food does. Check expiration dates on yours to make sure you are keeping your family safe in the sun.

2 – Do the same for your insect repellents! If you prefer natural remedies, make sure to stock up on essential oils like peppermint to repel the bugs.

3 – Locate and wash the swimsuits and pool towels. Pack a beach bag that has towels, sunscreen, bug sprays etc. so it’s always ready for an unexpected pool day.

4 – Start making plans for summer activities. Look out for local camp signups,  community events and mark any special dates on your calendar.

5 – Prepare a summer schedule for the kids so they know what to expect. It might include chores, sports, camps and of course plenty of downtime to have fun and relax.

6 – Pack the car with beach chairs, a blanket, sand toys and an umbrella. You never know when you’ll need these items in the summer and you’ll be glad you have them!

 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! Cheers to a great summer ahead.

8 At Home Valentine Activities for the Whole Family

Sometimes staying in is just as fun as going out! If you’ve decided to stay in this year, here are 5 at home Valentine date ideas to try with the whole family.

 

1 – Movie Marathon. Everybody gets to choose their favorite movie (bonus if it is a love story). Spend the day watching the movies and eating fun, Valentine snacks together.

2 – Cooking Dinner Together. There are many at-home meal delivery services these days. Try ordering dinner for the family and sharing the task of preparing the meal.

3 – Decorating Treats. Whether its cupcakes or cookies, the whole family will have fun decorating some festive desserts together.

4 – Making Homemade Valentines. There is nothing better than a homemade card. Grab the art supplies and put your creative hats on to make valentines for each other.

5 – Play Valentine Bingo. You can download a fun version of Valentine bingo here. Instead of using the typical bingo markers, use conversation hearts to give it a fun, Valentine touch.

6 – Make a Valentine Playlist. Add everyone’s favorite love songs and play it all day on Valentine’s Day!

7 – Wear Matching Festive, Pajamas. Many stores are offering festive, Valentine pajamas for the whole family. Get warm, and cozy together in matching pjs this year.

8 – Drink Valentine Hot Chocolate. Pickup some cocoa bombs at the store or make yours festive by adding whipped cream and sprinkles.

 

However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day this year we hope you have a wonderful time together!

12 Essentials to Pack For Move-In Day

Packing to move can be a hassle. When you finally get the keys to your new place the last thing you want to do is be searching through boxes for essentials. If you’re scheduled to move into a new apartment with us soon, here is a list of essentials to keep in an easily-accessible (and clearly labeled) box on move-in day!

  1. Clean, dry bath towels
  2. Your toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste)
  3. A hand soap for the bathroom
  4. Any medications you take daily
  5. A first aid kit
  6. Phone charger
  7. Sheets and pillows
  8. A shower curtain
  9. Paper plates, cups, napkins
  10. Toilet paper & paper towels
  11. Basic cleaning supplies (i.e. surface cleaner, a sponge, dish soap)
  12. Water & non-perishable snacks

 

You’ll be so glad you have these items available and nearby on your first day in your new home. We’re glad to have you as a new resident at Princeton Properties! Happy moving!

How to Make a Carved Pumpkin Last Through Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away and now is the time to think about carving those pumpkins! Whether you like a traditional jack-o-lantern or something a bit spookier, here are 5 tips to make sure your pumpkin looks great and lasts through Halloween!

 

1 – Clean the inside really well. Many carving kits come with scoops to use to scoop out all of the “guts” of the pumpkin. The seeds and guts are the part that starts to rot first. Make sure yours is as empty as possible before you start carving your design.

 

2 – Soak it in a bleach bath. After you’ve carved the perfect design, it’s time to give that pumpkin a bath. Fill a tub or bucket with water and add 1/2 cup of bleach. Let the pumpkin sit overnight (or longer if possible) before pulling it out and drying it off.

 

3 – Store is somewhere cool. When you’re not displaying your pumpkin, make room for it in your refrigerator or another cool/dry place in your home to keep it from drying out.

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4 – Hydrate it! Fill a spray bottle with some water and give your carved pumpkin a spray daily. This will keep is fresh and moist as well.

 

5 – Use a battery-operated candle. Flameless candles help in making the pumpkin last longer since there’s no heat drying the pumpkin from the inside. Find an LED one that flickers for a spookier effect.

 

How to Plan a New England Fall Foliage Trip

The leaves are already changing in New England and now is the perfect time to plan your day trips to see the foliage! Here are some great tips for planning a day trip this October.

 

1 – Plan your dates based on where you are headed.

Remember that foliage arrives earliest where elevation is the highest. Usually New England hits the peak foliage time during mid-October.

 

2 – Find the perfect spot.

New England offers lots of beautiful scenery including covered bridges, white churches and barns that look beautiful for foliage photography. Find some great places and snap some great shots for your Instagram!

 

3 – Bring the right footwear.

Hiking is the best way to see the most color. Wear your comfortable walking/hiking shoes so you can climb to some areas for the best views.

 

4 – Opt for a printed map rather than GPS.

Sometimes GPS doesn’t work in remote areas where the best foliage is. Also, a printed map is just more fun for a road trip!

 

5 – Stop for festive snacks.

Did someone say apple cider donuts? Hot apple cider? These are necessities for a foliage trip in New England and you’ll find plenty of farm stands that sell both!

5 Ways to Go Greener at Home

Earth Day is approaching and it’s always a great time to start evaluating how we are treating our environment. There are plenty of ways you can go greener at home beyond the classic “reduce, reuse recycle.”

 

1 – Switch the lightbulbs in your lamps to energy efficient light bulbs. When shopping at your local hardware store just look for the “energy star” label on the package. While we’re talking about lamps…make sure to always turn yours off when you’re leaving a room.

 

2 – Use more reusable bags! These are not just for grocery shopping. Start thinking about packing your lunch in a reusable bag and bringing your bags to department stores for shopping as well.

 

3 – Plant a vegetable garden. Don’t have a lot of space? Many vegetables can grow in containers that you can put on your patio or balcony.

 

4 – Avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles. Purchase a reusable bottle to eliminate the amount of plastic water bottles you are using each week.

 

5 – Wash more things in cold water than hot. Washing clothes and dishes in colder water is much more energy efficient.

5 Virtual Valentine Gift Ideas

It may not be possible to safely deliver chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean you can’t deliver something special! Check out these great ideas for virtual Valentine’s Day gifts you can share with your loved ones.

 

1 – Make a photo montage video set to music. Share the link to the video on Sunday for your Valentine to enjoy

2 – Send an e-card. There are plenty of websites (like e-cards.com) that allow you to create your own virtual Valentine’s Day card rather than buying one at a drug store!

3 – Create a special Valentine’s Day playlist and share virtually with your Valentine.

4 – Have someone else do the delivering! Use apps like DoorDash or Uber Eats to have your Valentine’s favorite meal delivered to them this Sunday.

5 – Want someone else to deliver the words? Check out Cameo.com to have your Valentine’s favorite celebrity deliver a special greeting!

How to Host a Virtual Super Bowl Party

We’re all getting really good at finding creative ways to be together these days – including during the Super Bowl! We may be used to having a big, loud party with family and friends to root for our favorite teams. This year you can still have fun with some of these tips!

1 – Virtual Super Bowl Squares – Setup some virtual squares with friends and make your own contest using Super Bowl Pool Site!

2 – FaceTime or Zoom – Meet with your friends over the web whether it’s for the first quarter or the whole game. Joining in and cheering together will make you feel like you’re together even if you’re not. Test out your technology ahead of time to avoid any difficulties.

3 – Choose the Same Menu – Just because you can’t be together doesn’t mean you can’t all enjoy nachos, wings and your favorite beverages at the same time. Create a super bowl menu to all enjoy virtually.

4 – Make Sure to Show Team Spirit – Wear your favorite gear from your favorite team and give an award for the best getup!

5 – Play Some Games – Track your favorite commercials and compare with friends. Give out a virtual award for the best commercial! Create some NFL trivia to play while you’re waiting for the game to start. Feel like singing? Do your best virtual reenactment of the halftime show and share with friends!

5 Fun Fall Attractions in New England

The cooler temperatures are on their way in and it won’t be long before we can see the leaves changing on the trees! Fall is right around the corner and New England has so much to offer for it’s visitors and locals. If you’re planning a day out to do something seasonal and fun try one of these great ideas…

 

1 – Crawford Notch Scenic Train Ride – Take in some of the most beautiful, scenic views New Hampshire has to offer this fall while on the train!

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2 – Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME – Take in brilliant fall foliage from one of the most popular national parks in New England.

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3 – Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA – Taste wine in the tasting room, have lunch or visit the orchards to pick apples at Nashoba Vallery Winery!

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4 – Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA – Food trucks, pick your own fruits and pumpkins, cider donuts and more! Check out the fun at Cider Hill Farm this fall.

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5 – Davis Mega Maze in Sterling, MA – Test your skills in the massive corn maze made up of 8 miles of corn and 3 miles of path at Davis Farm Land!

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End of Summer Bucket List

The long, sunny days of summer are dwindling! Before we know it the sun will be setting on our beach days and boat rides and the cooler temperatures will move in. Before summer ends make sure to take a look at this summer bucket list and check off as many items as you can…

 

1 – Visit a local New England beach

2 – Eat an ice cream from your favorite ice cream stand

3 – Toast marshmallows around a campfire

4 – Ride on a boat

5 – Go on a summery, nature scavenger hunt with your kids

6 – Hike your favorite trail

7 – Float down a river in an inflatable tube

8 – Make homemade popsicles

9 – Flip hamburgers on the grill (eat them with all the best summer fixings)

10 – Go camping under the stars

11 – Watch fireworks

12 – Drink an ice coffee from your favorite local coffee shop

13 – Visit a summer farmer’s market

14 – Water-ski or go tubing in a New England lake

15 – Make a salad with vegetables from your own garden