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.

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!

3 Thanksgiving Games to Play With Family

Whether you are together with family or celebrating via Zoom, there are fun ways you can celebrate turkey day this year! Try one of these fun games with your family and maybe you’ll create a new tradition for years to come.

 

1 – A Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt – Get the family searching both inside and outside for a list of items and have a whole lot of fun while you search!

courtesy of confessionsofparenting.com

 

2 – Color the table! Ditch the standard table cloth and opt for one you can color. Buy one at your local party store or create your own with craft paper and a sharpie.

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3 – Act it out! You don’t have to be face to face with your family to play Thanksgiving charades. Try these free printable cards from readwritemom.com!

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Princeton Westford – Your New Home Without the Hassle

Princeton Westford in Westford, MA offers so many amenities for everyone in your family to enjoy throughout the year! Sitting on a very tranquil and spacious 90 acres, this community has plenty to keep you busy while spending time outdoors. Numerous areas to get out and walk or bike, play with the pup in our dog park, swing, slide and play in the onsite playground or take a dip in the swimming pool.  All these outdoor amenities are available to enjoy during the warmer months.  Or year round if that’s your thing. Spend your evenings sitting on your balcony or patio while overlooking the expansive grass courtyard below. Imagine….a beautiful lawn without the mowing! We’ll take care of all landscaping.  Do you have a green thumb?  Pick out a plot in our community garden and plant your own vegetables to grow.  Come enjoy Home without the Hassle.

One and two bedroom floor plans are available are we’re ready to help you choose which option is right for you! Call us to schedule an in-person or virtual tour of Princeton Westford today.

Additional information, photos and floor plans can be viewed at princetonwestford.com.

 

Organizing The Junk Drawer – At Home With Princeton

We all have one. That one drawer in the kitchen that holds LOTS of things. All of the things you don’t know where to store. Yours might be full of pens (many that are probably out of ink), scissors, receipts, coupons or trinkets you’ve collected. Whatever is inside, let’s all take fifteen minutes together today to tackle that junk drawer together once and for all!

 

Step 1 – Remove all of the contents of the junk drawer and lay it out on the counter so you can see what you’ve been hoarding. Don’t worry…we won’t judge!

Step 2 – Grab a trash bag and start tossing! Test your pens and pencils. If they’re broken or out of ink, it’s time to let them go. Have expired coupons? Dead batteries? Now is the time to send them on their way.

Step 3 – Clean the drawer. You might need the vacuum for this part! Get rid of the dust and debris and give that drawer a wipe down with some disinfectant.

Step 4 – Make it pretty! You don’t need fancy contact paper for this one. Have some wrapping paper lying around? Measure and cut a piece to secure to the bottom of your drawer.

Step 5 – Now that you’ve decided what’s going to stay, it’s time to organize. Put together all of your takeout menus, coupons, gift cards etc and stash them in envelopes for safe keeping. Pens (that work), pencils, scissors can be stored towards the front for easy access. Use recycled glass jar or tins to store things like paper clips, thumb tacks, safety pins, rubber bands etc. All of the items that don’t belong in this drawer?  Now is the time to put them in a more appropriate place for good!

5 DIY Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

Love is in the air!

Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day party or dinner at your place this weekend? You don’t need to break the bank to decorate with rose petals. Check out these fun and easy DIY projects that will make your home look decked out for Valentine’s Day!

 

1 – Pucker Up Balloons – All you need is red lipstick and some white balloons for this one!

photo courtesy of studiodiy.com

 

2 – Candy Heart Garland –  Grab some construction paper and some baking twine to create this garland the kids are sure to love!

photo courtesy of Tell Love and Party

 

3 – Candy Heart Bouquet – The vase of water is hidden underneath a pile of conversation hearts in this cute Valentine’s centerpiece!

photo courtesy of Smart School House

 

4 – Heart Branch Tree – Some twigs from the yard, twine, paper and a little spray paint and you can create this adorable heart branch tree for your Valentine’s party.

photo courtesy of The House That Lars Built

 

5 – Heart Balloon Backdrop – If you’re an Instagram lover, this balloon heart will make the perfect background for your Valentine photos!

photo courtesy of The House That Lars Built

High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling at Princeton Place!

We are excited to announce that Princeton Place in Worcester, MA is getting a heating and cooling upgrade! National Grid predicts that these new systems can save some residents up to $500 a year on their energy costs!

Contractors are working hard to install high-efficiency Mitsubishi heat pumps in the living rooms of every apartment home. These new systems will save our residents money as they cost less to run than the old baseboard systems that were previously in place. As an added bonus, these systems will also provide air conditioning to our residents in the warm, summer months.

heat pump is an energy-saving air conditioner that simply reverses the flow of refrigerant. Combining the functions means one less system to worry about, joining the best of both worlds to create one of the best heating and cooling systems on the market today.

 

The contractors began working on Monday, January 6th and will be completing this project in two phases. To learn more about Princeton Place and view additional photos or floor plans click here.

A lot to Love About Princeton North Andover

Convenient, comfortable and a great place to call home. Welcome to Princeton North Andover!

Nestled on 13+ acres, this great location offers easy access to I-495/I-93 and Andover technology parks. Enjoy walking? There’s plenty of local shops and businesses nearby! If you decide to hop in the car you can drive 10 minutes in either direction on 125 and you’ll reach Haverhill or Andover – both with a bustling downtown food scene.  Bars, restaurants, fitness, shopping – Princeton North Andover is convenient to everything you could possible want!

Enjoy great amenities like a club house, fitness center, grill/picnic area, bicycle storage and social areas with wi-fi connection. Princeton North Andover offers both one and two bedroom options. Schedule a tour with our friendly leasing consultants today! While you wait, head here to view additional photos and view floor plans.

There’s Something for Everyone at Encore Boston Harbor

Glitz and glamour has arrived on a grand scale to the Mystic riverfront! The Encore Casino Boston Harbor officially opened it’s doors last month and it is an experience unlike any other. Only 1.5 miles away from our very own luxury apartment community, The Graphic, our residents are very excited about everything this grand new casino has to offer the area!

Whether you have a love for gambling. relaxation or delicious food, there is something for you to enjoy at Encore. Entering the casino you will find state-of-the-art slot machines, table games, poker tables, private gambling salons, high-limit gaming rooms, and a spectacular view of the action below. Dine in one of ten delicious restaurants and enjoy a night cap at one of their luxurious lounges.

image courtesy of encorebostonharbor.com

Interested in staying the night? At Encore Boston Harbor, there are plenty of rooms and suites designed for a serene and stylish retreat. Awake in the morning and visit the spa for a relaxing treatment and finish your visit by browsing in the high-end shops.

image courtesy of encorebostonharbor.com

Learn more about Encore Boston Harbor by visiting www.encorebostonharbor.com.
View photos and floorplans of The Graphic apartments in Charlestown, MA here.

5 Ways to De-Clutter in the New Year

The holidays have come and gone once again and it’s time to put away the decor and organize our homes. Feeling overwhelmed with the tasks of getting things cleaned and organized? Try these ten tips…

 

1 – Move all of your holiday decor to one spot. Take it down and put it on your kitchen table (for example). You’ll see everything you have and be able to decide if you want to purge anything before packing it away for next year.

 

2 – Get lots of clothes for Christmas? Now is the time to clean out your closet and donate old clothes before hanging up the new ones.

 

3 – Kids tend to get lots of toys for the holidays and when you mix their new toys with old ones it can create a big mess. Now is the time to purge old toys! Donate ones that are gently-used and make room for the new toys.

 

4 – A lot of people want to eat cleaner when January rolls around. If that sounds like you, now is the time to declutter your fridge and pantry. Pull everything out and toss anything that is expired. Start fresh with healthier foods in a clean and organized space. Don’t put the food away until you’ve wiped down and sanitized all the surfaces.

 

5 – Don’t forget about your car when de-cluttering. Now is the time to clean out those consoles and cup holders and vacuum the interior. When you’re done cleaning make sure you have all of the safety essentials in place for winter (i.e., a scraper, brush, sand and all fluids topped off.)