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Need a mental health boost?

Maintaining good mental health is just as important as maintaining good physical health. Here are three tips for improving your mental health as soon as today!

3 Tips for Boosting Your Mental Health 1. Understand the relationship between emotions, thoughts, and actions. 

All three — emotions, thoughts and actions — are connected. This means that if you feel an emotion like sadness, it will often spur certain thoughts. In the case of sadness, these thoughts are usually not good ones and may cause even more sadness.

Both difficult emotions and negative thoughts can then, in turn, cause actions that are not good for you — such as lying in bed all day doing nothing.

When you better understand the relationship between your emotions, thoughts, and actions, you can stop negative thoughts or actions from taking over. In the end, this can positively influence your emotions and boost your mental health.

2. Create things you look forward to doing.

Certainly, this tip won't be the end-all, be-all of your mental health goals, but it's something that can improve your day-to-day life and keep you motivated.

When we say create something to look forward to doing, we're talking about something like meeting a friend for coffee, giving yourself a manicure, seeing a movie, or treating yourself to an ice cream cone on a sunny day.

Especially when things get hard and you're feeling down, creating something in the future that you look forward to can improve your mentality and make your whole day better.

3. Be grateful.

Lastly, remember to keep all of the things you're grateful for in mind as often as possible. Some people make it a point to list the things they're grateful for every morning or each evening before going to bed.

Studies and research have proven that doing this simple action can boost positivity, reduce depression, and help you focus on what's truly important in life.

Sometimes, all it takes for a fresh mental health start is new surroundings. If you're looking for apartments in Flagstaff where you can have a fresh start for yourself, please contact our office at your convenience to find out what floor plans we still have available.

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Spring is finally here! If you are hosting a get-together with family or friends in the coming months, you may be looking for easy, festive appetizers to serve. Here are a few easy spring appetizers you can serve at the next event you are hosting. 

Easy Spring Appetizers to Serve at Your Next Party Roll-Ups

In spring, you want items that are light and comforting. Roll-ups are simple to make, easy to customize, filling and light, all at the same time. Grab a tortilla and add your favorite ingredients, such as avocado, hummus, turkey, ham, cheese and/or tomatoes. Roll the tortilla up and slice it up. If needed, grab a toothpick to hold it all together. Mix and match different ingredients to create a yummy snack for your guests. 

Mini Caprese Bites

Caprese is a popular and yummy appetizer. It is perfect for spring and summer, as it is light and refreshing. To create a twist on this classic appetizer, use baby tomatoes and tiny mozzarella cubes. Cut a baby tomato in half. Place the top on a toothpick, followed by a mozzarella cube, followed by the bottom of the tomato. Drizzle with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt to complete the appetizer. 

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a springtime staple. You can stick to making these delicious treats in a traditional manner, or look online to find recipes that kick things up a notch. There are recipes that include throwing in peppers and jalapenos for a spicy kick to a traditional favorite, or recipes that include adding chicken or crab to up your protein intake. 

Do you love to entertain but don't love the space you currently entertain in? Finding a new place to live may be in order. If you are looking for apartments for rent in Flagstaff, Arizona, be sure to check out Woodlands Village Apartment Homes. We offer beautiful apartments that you will be proud to host your next event in. Contact us today to inquire about pricing and availability. 

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Did you know that indoor air is often less clean than outdoor air? It's true. So, you should be mindful of keeping your indoor air as clean as possible. It will take some effort to clear the air, quite literally, but it is definitely doable. Here are some steps you can take to make your air cleaner!

Use air purifiers

If your indoor air is not the cleanest, then an air purifier should definitely be an appliance you get. There are all sorts of models and features available, so choose one that is in your price range and has an excellent rating for its effectiveness. If you have a large apartment or many rooms, you might need more than one air purifier.

Install high-quality air filters

Spend a little extra money on air filters to install in your heating and cooling system. Rather than using the ultra-cheap ones, higher-quality ones will filter out a variety of substances and particles. That includes mold spores, pet dander, viruses and dust.

Open windows

No matter how hot or cold it is outside, open your windows for even just 5 or 10 minutes per day. You will be airing out your apartment and bringing fresh air in. That is much better than keeping all windows closed and breathing stagnant air.

Vacuum and dust

Keeping your apartment clean helps to keep the air quality up, so vacuum and dust at least weekly. You might need to complete those tasks more often than that under certain circumstances, such as if you have a pet that is shedding.

It does not take much effort to keep your indoor air fresh and clean, yet the effort is so worthwhile when you notice the drastic improvement in your air quality.

And if you are looking for a new home to call your own, please feel free to check out our apartments in Flagstaff, AZ. Call our office today to see which floor plans are still available.

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It's a new year and time to work on a new you. How do you make sure your fitness resolution goes the distance? A little planning can put you on the path to success. Here are five tips for acing your fitness challenge.

How to Reach Your Fitness Goals Choose your goals

What are you hoping to get out of the fitness challenge? Some common goals are to lose weight, get stronger, meet new friends, or spend time outside. Deciding on a goal ahead of time will help you keep track of your progress. Don't forget to celebrate small victories along the way.

Don't skip the basics

The key to any fitness routine is to have a solid foundation. For instance, what if you want to learn Latin dance? You'll need to master basic steps before you can jump into advanced moves.

Get the right gear

Many fitness challenges have you on your feet and moving a lot. Make sure you have well-fitting shoes and comfortable workout clothes that don't chafe. This is where it can pay off to invest just a little in quality equipment.

Set yourself up for success

Pencil your fitness challenge into your weekly schedule. Consistency is key here to building habits. You can also try laying out workout clothes and recovery shakes the night before. This way, everything is ready to go for a fitness class, whether it's in the early morning or after work.

Look into community classes

These are great for getting instruction without the expense of a private trainer. With the right group, you can also make friends and have fun while working up a sweat.

Woodlands Village is one of the premier locations for apartments in Flagstaff, Arizona. We offer units for both health-conscious singles and active families. Residents love our pool, spa and fitness center in the complex. Contact us to find out more about which floor plans are available.

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Rushing home to cook a meal is usually the last thing you want to do after a busy day. Since you can't get takeout every night, try these easy dinners that you can make in advance to save you time. These three recipes actually taste better a day or two after cooking!

Three Make-Ahead Dinners Beef Stew

Beef stew begs to be made ahead. You can use your favorite recipe or try this easy one. Lightly coat one pound of 1/2 cubes of steak in flour. Saute until brown in a heavy-bottom pot. Remove meat, saute one diced onion and a tablespoon of minced garlic. Return meat to pot and add enough beef stock to cover, and cook covered over medium-low heat until tender. Add two cubed potatoes and two carrots. Cook until done. Store in the fridge, reheat and season to taste. 

Chickpea Salad

This vegetarian salad is hearty enough for a light dinner. Rinse two 15-ounce cans of chickpeas and dump in a bowl. Peel and remove the seeds of a large cucumber. Dice the cucumber and add to the chickpeas. Open a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil and add to the bowl. Stir and store in the fridge. Before serving, add the juice of one-half of a lemon and season to taste. 

Cold Fried Chicken

Believe it or not, cold fried chicken is actually delicious! Use your family recipe or try this one. Combine a pint of buttermilk, two tablespoons of Kosher salt and a teaspoon of fresh pepper. Soak three pounds of mixed chicken parts in the fridge for two or three hours, Meanwhile combine 1 cup of self-rising flour, a teaspoon each of paprika and garlic powder. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and fry in 350-degree oil for around 15 minutes until cooked through. Let cool on a wire rack and refrigerate. 

Still looking for apartments in Flagstaff, AZ? Find the studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment you want at Woodlands Village. Call 844-790-7263 to arrange a showing of available units.

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Are you planning to entertain this holiday season? Our Flagstaff apartments offer the best environment for loved ones and friends to celebrate! Here are some holiday punch recipes to greet your guests with!

Holiday Punch Drinks  Grog

Grog, sometimes called Pirate’s Grog, is a hearty, rich punch that your holiday guests will love. Be prepared to give out the recipe because you’ll surely be asked for it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Directions:

In a tall, tempered glass or mug, add all the ingredients except the cinnamon stick. Fill to the brim with hot water and stir. Garnish with the cinnamon stick.

Pomegranate and Apricot Brandy Punch

This recipe is good if you want to use a large punch bowl at your holiday party. It makes 12 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 6 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup apricot brandy
  • 2-1/2 cups seltzer water
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. In a pot, simmer the water, sugar, and ginger until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the mint leaves (save a few for the garnish).
  3. Let steep for half an hour.
  4. Strain out the mint leaves.
  5. Add the mixture to the punch bowl and stir in the apricot brandy.
  6. Stir in the seltzer water.
  7. Sprinkle a few mint leaves on top for garnish.
Mulled White Wine Sangria

Try this recipe for a lighter, more elegant holiday punch drink. Serve in brandy glasses. Serves 12.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of dry white wine (chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, etc.)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (save the skins for garnish)
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 2 whole lemons, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 tangerines, peeled and sliced

Directions:

  1. In a pot, simmer the water, honey, lemon juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add everything to the punch bowl, including all the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Provide ice cubes to chill individual servings.

These holiday punch ideas will surely liven up any holiday gathering! To see how enjoyable it is to host parties in your Flagstaff apartments, please contact us today!

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The seasons are changing, and it's time to switch from the vibrant shades of summer to the subdued natural hues that reflect autumn's goodness. When the residents of our Flagstaff, Arizona, apartments want to impart a bit of fall flavor into their living spaces, they follow some of the tips we've noted below!

Fall Decorating Tips  Start With Scents

Your nose deserves to enjoy autumn just as much as your eyes do. Pumpkin spice candles and apple-smelling soaps instantly bring an autumn vibe into any space. 

Add Some Accents

Throw pillows, plush blankets and perfectly colored pillowcases can help you ring in the fall season without spending a ton of money. Opt for colors that are deep and rich, such as golds, dark reds and chocolates.

Do a Little DIY Decor

It's easy to create fall-inspired centerpieces that bring your room together if you look for simple-to-do tasks online. Fill clear cookie jars with baby squash and mini-pumpkins, or use large pumpkins as the main focal point, integrating fall flowers and lovely leaves around them. This is your time to shine, so get creative and use a few of Mother Nature's fall gifts for inspiration.

Bake a Pumpkin Pie

Who cares if you're not one to turn your oven on? Great inspiration has to start somewhere! Try your hand at making a homemade pie. Even if you don't do it perfectly, the smell will fill your space and create a welcoming feeling. Plus, even ugly pies usually taste amazing. What have you got to lose?

Get a Little Shabby Chic

This is the time of year when shabby chic really makes a name for itself. Use distressed wooden crates and beat-up metal containers to create beauty by way of fall-friendly veggies and vegetation. The new-meets-old aspect complements itself well!

Before you can decorate your place, you need to find an apartment that truly feels like your own space. Woodlands Village Apartments offers an assortment of floor plans, built to suit your unique style. Browse our available apartments online today!

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If you are looking to decorate your apartment for fall, try using pumpkins! Pumpkins can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to incorporate them into your home decor in a variety of ways. Here are a few of the different ways you can use pumpkins to bring the seasonal look of fall into your home.

Different Ways to Use Pumpkins to Decorate Your Home for Fall To Decorate Your Fireplace

Whether you are looking to decorate the mantle or the hearth, pumpkins are a good choice. Consider placing real pumpkins near your fireplace to give this area a fall-like look. To further enhance the look, consider painting the pumpkins or tying a ribbon around the top for a decorative touch. Avoid placing plastic pumpkins around the fireplace as they can melt if you decide to use your fireplace. 

As a Vase

Another way to incorporate pumpkins in your fall home decor is to use pumpkins as a vase or planter. Use a plastic or foam pumpkin, and place either real flowers or fake flowers inside of the pumpkin. This creates a beautiful centerpiece for a table or a statement piece for your counter. 

On Wreaths

Placing a wreath on your front door is a great way to dress up the entryway of your home. Many craft stores sell floral picks that have small pumpkins on the end of them. These picks can easily be inserted into a foam, burlap, straw or wire wreath, helping to decorate the wreath for the fall season. 

As a Candle Holder

Lastly, consider using pumpkins as candle holders. Hollow out a few small pumpkins and insert candles inside. Then place the pumpkins on your dining room table, mantle or other areas to create a beautiful fall decoration. 

Decorating your apartment can help to transform the look and feel of the space. If you are ready for an entirely new ambiance in your home, you may be looking for a new apartment altogether. When you are looking for apartments in Flagstaff, Arizona, be sure to check out Woodlands Village. Call us today to inquire about availability. 

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Getting regular physical activity is an essential part of making sure you stay healthy and fit. You don’t have to join a local gym or venture outdoors during the summer heat to work out. If you prefer exercising in the comfort of your home, there are many kinds of workouts you can do. 

Simple At Home Workouts Weightlifting

Lifting weights helps tone your arms and build up your muscles. You don’t need a home gym with a weightlifting bench to do this type of exercise. Instead, you can get a few pairs of free weights in different pounds to give your arms a workout. Hold a free weight in each hand, and alternate lifting them up. You can do this while walking around your apartment to give your legs a workout as well or while watching something on TV. 

Yoga

Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility and calm your mind. You don’t need a lot of space or equipment to do yoga in your home. All you need is a yoga mat and some workout clothes. If you’re unfamiliar with yoga, you can find instructional videos online to follow. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced yoga practitioner, this form of exercise is an easy one to do right in your living room.

Lunges, Kicks and Crunches

Jumping jacks and some other types of cardio exercises are out of the question since they could disturb your neighbors. For a good cardio workout that’s also quiet, focus on doing a routine that includes lunges, kicks and crunches. These types of exercises can get your heart pumping while also strengthening your muscles and improving your range of motion. 

When you want to get out of your apartment to work out, our community has a 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool and outdoor fitness course. Contact us to get more details about our apartments in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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There’s no denying that the seasons can powerfully affect our moods, and drab décor and dim lighting may sharply accentuate the gloom of the winter months.

But nearly everyone feels an upsurge in well-being and energy during the summer months, making this the ideal season to brighten up your apartment.

And a few simple changes made now will help carry the joy of summer into the fall and beyond.

How to Brighten Up Your Apartment Let There Be Light

Spring and summer are the seasons of mood-lifting light, and you will want to make the most of it even when you’re indoors.

Whites, creams and pastel-colored walls create the most internal light, but if you’re more adventurous you can also decorate with sunny yellows and golds.

Enhance the feeling of light and space in your apartment by using large mirrors on the walls.

Get rid of dark-colored floor coverings, at least temporarily, and use bright-colored rugs and mats instead. Similarly, colored throws can also brighten up dark furniture and fittings.

Bring in Plants and Flowers

There’s nothing better than the look and fragrance of fresh-cut flowers for bringing a real touch of summer to the indoors. Locally grown seasonal blooms should be relatively inexpensive, and with a little care can last for a surprising time.

Suitable indoor plants also look great, will last longer and can be a real source of joy in the months to come.

Liven Up Bare Walls With Summer Pictures

You don’t need to be a deep-pocketed connoisseur to make use of art in your apartment. Quality framed prints can be surprisingly inexpensive, and just a couple of beach scenes, seascapes or views of the Mediterranean or tropical gardens will bring a wonderful blaze of summer color and atmosphere to your home.

The Arizona sun is glorious, but many residents of the Woodlands Village apartments in Flagstaff have found that if ever the heat gets a bit too much, they can always bring the summer indoors with these simple tips.

Contact us today to schedule a viewing or for details of our available floor plans.        

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