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The weather is heating up, the days are becoming longer, and there’s no better time than now to enjoy an ice-cold adult beverage. No matter if you’re spending your weekends lazily lounging by the pool or heading to a friend’s barbecue, whipping up tasty cocktails is a guaranteed way to win over your friends and family. Since a frosty, cool drink can be a summer staple, we’ve gathered a few recipes to help you beat the heat and stay refreshed. So grab a few glasses and let’s raise a toast to these tasty summer cocktails.

Blackberry cucumber gin and tonic

A sweet twist on an otherwise simple classic, the blackberry cucumber gin and tonic is guaranteed to hit the spot. Even better? It’s super easy to make! That’s right, the only four ingredients are labeled right in the title, all that’s left to do is mix, shake and pour.

Ingredients:
  • 8 fresh blackberries
  • 3-4 slices of cucumber
  • 1-1.5 ounces of gin (your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup tonic
Instructions:
  1. Pour a few of your blackberries into the bottom of your cup and smash with a fork.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour gin and mix with the blackberries.
  4. Pour in your tonic.
  5. Garnish with blackberries and cucumber slices.
  6. Enjoy!
Watermelon mojito

You’ll probably want some friends here, because this refreshing watermelon mojito is good for six drinks. If not, you can always leave the big batch in a large, sealed container for later. Just be sure to store it in the fridge.

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Ingredients:
  • 30(ish) mint leaves
  • 3-4 slices of fresh watermelon
  • 12 ounces light rum (your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 3 limes
Instructions:
  1. Grab your pitcher!
  2. Cut up your watermelon and remove the seeds before tossing it into a food processor to puree.
  3. As the watermelon is pureeing, mash the mint leaves.
  4. Add the watermelon and mashed mint to the pitcher.
  5. Add the rum, simple syrup & lime juice.
  6. Stir to combine & pour over ice.
  7. Garnish with fresh mint.
  8. Drink up!
Rosé sangria

We don’t know about your drinking preferences, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong when it comes to sangria. A little bit of sweet, a little bit of booze and a whole lot of flavor makes this drink a favorite no matter if you’re at a barbecue, the lake, or just lounging around your apartment. The best part? It’s super easy to make!

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water (pro tip: if you want to skip the prep work, buy simple syrup in place of the sugar and water)
  • 2 1/2 cups rosé
  • 2 1/2 cups sweet sparkling wine
  • 1/3 cup blueberry rum
  • 1/2 cup assorted fruit (we recommend strawberries and blueberries)
Instructions:
  1. Toss the sugar and water in a pot and heat until it reaches a boil. Stir until the syrup is formed before setting aside to cool. Or, as mentioned above, buy some simple syrup.
  2. In a pitcher, combine the rosé, sweet sparkling wine, rum and fruits.
  3. Add in your homemade (or store bought) simple syrup and stir.
  4. Pour over ice to enjoy now, or refrigerate overnight to enjoy the next day.

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Interactive and fun, museums provide you with the chance to see storied works of art and learn new facts about the world. Whether you’re visiting museums that focus on art, history, science or life itself, the institutions in Houston have something to offer for everyone. Museums are a great way to pick up conversation pieces, spend time with friends and family and dive into a world you otherwise might not have known about. Even better? Many periodically offer free admission! So the next time you’re in the mood to feel inspired, make your way over to one of the museums below.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive

Free from 6-9pm each Thursday

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 and works diligently to “preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science.” With something for the whole family to see, it’s easy to spend an entire evening wandering around the campus. Exhibits highlight various topics, including Native American culture, paleontology, seashells, satellites and more, but definitely be sure to stop at the Burke Baker Planetarium or Cockrell Butterfly Center. Depending on the day, many workshops and interactive programs are offered, where you can take charge of your learning and explore new topics that may be of interest to you. Some upcoming events include:

  • June 14: Apollo & Beyond: Conquering Gravity 
  • June 15: Great Barrier Reef 3D
  • June 20: Unseen Universe

Less than a 10-minute drive from our Allen Parkway Apartments, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the perfect way to spend your next rainy day.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

1001 Bissonnet St.

Free from 10am-9pm each Thursday

Known to be one of the largest cultural institutions in the southwest region, the Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1900 and has continued to increase in popularity ever since. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this museums offers a wide variety of both American and European decorative arts and paintings, gold artifacts, prints and drawings. Some of the museums current exhibitions include:

  • Vincent Van Gogh: His Life in Art
  • Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
  • Spanish Colonial Painting from the Thoma Collection

If you’re wondering when to come check this gem out, we recommend Thursdays. General admission is free for everyone all day long! Even better, those 18 and under can get in for free every Saturday and Sunday if they bring their library card. Also, Bank of America cardholders get free admission the first full weekend of every month. Be sure to check it out!

The Health Museum

Free from 2-7pm each Thursday

1515 Hermann Drive

Just about 10 minutes from our apartments in River Oaks, Houston’s Health Museum is located just across the street from the Museum of Natural Science. Interactive exhibits, science labs and hands-on dissections are just a few of the many options The Health Museum offers visitors. One of the main highlights is the global kitchen. This unique exhibit explores the food system from start to finish, taking you through the growing, transportation, cooking and eating processes for visitors to gain a better understanding how food is produced and enjoyed throughout the world.

The Health Museum also offers birthday parties and private events for those looking for a more exclusive experience to the museum. With the simple mission “to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body”, its dedicated to helping people take the necessary measures to live a longer and healthier life. For those interested in wellness-type activities, The Health Museum offers a wide variety of membership levels and benefits. Be sure to learn more by checking out their website.

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With summer picking up momentum, it’s only a matter of time before weekend barbecues are in full swing. When you aren’t in the mood to start up the grill (or cross the bridge into Seattle for Dick’s), there are plenty of delicious burger joints in the Bellevue area for you to get your fix. Below, we’ve pulled together a list of three hot-spots to grab a mouthwatering burger, all close to AMLI’s downtown Bellevue apartments.

Lunchbox Lab

989 112th Ave. NE

Serving up eclectic cocktails and juicy burgers since 2011, Lunchbox Lab first started in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood before expanding to locations including Bellevue, Green Lake, Redmond and Gig Harbor. Sporting old school vibes complete with ’80s video games and vibrant decor, there’s plenty to do, see and eat over at the Lunchbox Lab. With a daily happy hour from 3pm-6pm and 9pm until closing time, as well as a kids eat free special each Wednesday from 5pm until close, this is the perfect spot to bring the whole family. Their one-of-a-kind burgers range in flavor, where you’re given the opportunity to include add-ons and create the perfect bite. Some of their burgers include:

  • OG Tear Jerker – American Kobe beef patty with pepper jack cheese, grilled onions and jalapenos, topped with Satan’s Tears Ketchup and habanero mayo.
  • Mack Daddy ‘Merican – Two all beef patties, Billion Island sauce, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, pickles and onions served on an organic bun.
  • The Smoker – American Kobe beef patty served with smoked Gouda, bacon, grilled onions and Smoker Sauce.
  • Bahn, James Bahn – Duck and Pork patty finished with pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon, fresh cilantro and sweet chili mayo.

We could continue, but you get the idea. Enjoy your burger with a lunchbox cocktail, specialty shake or boozie shake, where you can choose from flavors such as the Cinnamon Toast Crunk or the Drunken Elvis, which combines vanilla ice cream, graham cracker, peanut butter and banana before its finished with Malibu banana, pinnacle-whipped vodka and Irish cream. Trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out on this place.

Katsu Burger

12700 SE 38th St.

Home to the Japanese deep-fried burger, Katsu Burger present unique takes on an all-American classic. Here, each burger is handmade and seasoned with miso before being breaded and fried for your enjoyment. Each patty is 100 percent grass-fed beef, and the sauces are made in-house daily to ensure quality and freshness. While each burger comes with pickles, red onion, tomato and shredded cabbage, feel free to customize your meal to create the perfect burger. Menu items include:

  • Tokyo Classic – Grass-fed beed Katsu, tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mayo.
  • Ninja Deluxe – crispy pork loin Katsu, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mayo.
  • Miso Honey Tofu – Organic Miso marinated crispy tofue, finished with Miso Honey mustard and all the fixin’s.
  • Teriyaki Chicken – Natural chicken breast topped with sweet pineapple, Teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayo.

For side options, choose from a variety of delicious fries, as well as seaweed salad or Korokke, a Japanese deep-friend croquette with potatoes and vegetables. Come on in to enjoy a burger, or order online and take it back to your apartment.

Burgermaster

10606 NE Northup Way

For more than 60 years, Burgermaster has been serving up great pairings of burgers and fries in the Seattle area. A family-owned business, Burgermaster has since expanded to six various locations throughout the region, and prides itself on high-quality options with grass-fed beef in all of their hamburgers. The menu is strictly traditional, so you won’t be finding anything too out of the ordinary. Sometimes, though, the best food comes simple and straight up. Check out some of their menu options below:

  • Burgermaster – Ground-beef patty with American cheese, tomato, lettuce and relish on a toasted bun.
  • Burgermelt – Two ground-beef patties, two slices of cheese, ketchup and mustard on a toasted bun.
  • Chickenmaster – A quarter-pound grilled chicken breast on a toasted bun, with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

For those of you looking for the best of both worlds, Burgermaster also offers combos, where you can pair your favorite burger with a thick and tasty milkshake. Flavors include your classic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry varieties, as well as more adventurous flavors such as pineapple, mint and pumpkin. If you’re still hungry (don’t worry, we aren’t judging), enjoy a chocolate chip cookie or slice of hot apple pie for dessert. Yum!

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It’s that time of the year, folks.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to put on your thinking cap and come up with some gift ideas that your father is bound to love. For those of you working on maintaining a budget, it can seem like a daunting task to find a present that’s both thoughtful and sincere without breaking the bank. We get it, if you had all the money in the world, you might buy your dad a yacht or rent out a private jet to send him off to his dream vacation for the week, but those kinds of pipe dreams come with an enormous price tag.

Luckily, there are still plenty of gift ideas that you can put together without breaking the bank.  Below, we’ve curated a list of five gifts under $50 that show love for your dad—and your wallet.

The Bacon Crate, $49.99

Bacon doesn’t just have to be something you throw on the griddle to pair with your scrambled eggs at breakfast time. We promise, it can be so much more. For all your dads out there who are bacon lovers, this is the perfect gift! Packed with flavor, The Bacon Crate includes delicious flavors you never would have known existed, perfect for mindlessly munching or enjoying as a snack. Packed and sent in a wooden crate, your dad will have the chance to enjoy flavors such as Jalapeno Bacon Jerky, Maple Bacon Jerky and Bacon Peanut Brittle.

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Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $42

Great for a day at the beach or a lazy afternoon out on the lake, nothing makes for better memories than singing along to your favorite music with the ones you love most. This waterproof speaker comes in a variety of colors and has an integrated 3.5mm audio cable for a high-quality sound. This easy-to-use speaker includes a microphone for phone calls, and comes with a long-lasting battery life to keep your dad rockin’ all day long.

Father’s Day Gift Beer Box, $39.99

If you’re racking your brain on what to get your dad this Father’s Day, think no further than this one-of-a-kind beer box. Packed to the brim with Premium beers and yummy snacks, there’s plenty for your dad to enjoy. For beer, your dad will get the chance to sip on Jacks Abby Blood Orange Wheat, Mountain Ale by Shed Mountain Brewery and Back Cove Pilsner by Rising Tide Brewing Company. For snack items, enjoy a variety of sausages and cheeses. To order, you must be over the age of 21.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $35

Nothing like adding some sizzle and spice to your favorite dishes! For the creative dads who love to cook, this is the perfect gift. This DIY kit includes all of the spices and sauces you would need to create the flavor, including items such as cayenne, curry and chili spice packs. The directions are simple, pick your spices, add in the additional ingredients, and voila! Your own handcrafted hot sauce. Now whether or not they end up tasting good, that’s up to your father’s discretion.

Insulated Beer Bottle Holder, $34.95

After a long days work, there’s not much more refreshing than sipping on an ice-cold beer as you sit back and kick your feet up. To make sure that your dad’s beer is staying cold, why not get him an insulated holder? Padded for extra protection and coming with a lifetime guarantee. These stainless steel bottle holders will be able to keep your beer cold for up to two hours. Perfect for 12-ounce beer bottles, these holders are dishwasher friendly and ready to be put to use!

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June is finally here, so we know what that means—the first (official) day of summer is quickly approaching! There’s plenty of things to look forward to this month, so be sure to grab your friends and family and get ready for a fun summer. Without further ado, here’s everything going on around AMLI apartments for the month of June.

Atlanta June 8: Tunes from the Tomb

Not your typical music venue, enjoy a music-filled day at the Historic Oakland Cemetery. In its ninth year running, this unique music festival will have acts performing on multiple stages, delicious craft beer and food truck options to keep your hunger at bay. The event will take place from noon to 8pm with general admission tickets beginning at 8pm. See you there!

June 15: Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

The 2019 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will be taking place from 4-8pm at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Over 200 beers will be featured at this event, with live entertainment, food and more. This 21+ event is rain or shine, and tickets start at $40. And remember—make sure you’re able to get to and from the event safely!

June 16: Father’s Day at the Zoo

Let’s not forget about all the dads out there! On Father’s Day, fathers will receive free admission to Zoo Atlanta, where they can enjoy an animal-filled day with loved ones. With special events and activities in the works for dad, you can be sure he’s going to have a fun day he won’t forget.

Austin June 9: Cars and Coffee

Head on over to the Circuit of The Americas for an adrenaline-filled morning from 8am to noon. This monthly pop-up car show is perfect for the entire family, and proceeds benefit Hounds for Heroes. Admission to the event is free, with coffee and snacks available for purchase at the main grandstand.

June 8 & 9: Chocolate tasting

Grab your partner in crime and enjoy a special day full of chocolate pairings! Delysia Chocolatier’s Culinary Center will be hosting this event on National Best Friend’s Day, where you’ll be given the opportunity to taste-test a variety of delectable truffles, chocolates and what goes best with each. Don’t miss out on this delicious experience!

June 12: Blues on the Green

This annual summer tradition is for all you music lovers. This free event invites people of all ages to gather and enjoy a night of homegrown music in a laid back atmosphere. The concert is also pet-friendly. So, grab your dogs, friends and a few blankets before heading on over to Zilker Park to enjoy music by Max Frost with Sun June.

Chicago June 15: Uncork Illinois

Wine lovers, this one is for you! Head on over to downtown Oak Park for the seventh annual Uncork Illinois Wine Festival, where you will have the chance to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries. The wine tasting also features live entertainment from artists such as the Hans Luchs and Audley Reid quartets. Admission begins at $25 and includes a souvenir glass and eight tasting tickets. Just don’t forget your designated driver!

June 15 & 16: Custer Fair

Jazz music, art vendors and food from some of the most popular local restaurants make this an event you don’t want to miss out on. Open from 10am to 9pm, enjoy more than 300 local and regional artists, where you can walk through the streets while taking in the (hopefully) beautiful weather with your friends and family. Over 30 food vendors will keep you munching all day long,  so be sure to come “romp, stomp and shop at the Custer Fair.” You won’t regret it!

June 18: Brews & Shoes

Tickets to this 21+ event go for $40 and benefit the Share Your Soles Foundation. From 7-9pm head on over to Revolution Brewery, where you can enjoy two hours of free select Revolution Brewery craft pints, appetizers and live music by Jimmy Vega. Even better? It’s for a good cause!

Dallas June 13: Dinner with Dad

Taking place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Dinner with Dad is a Father’s Day Feast with seats going for $70 per adult and child pair. Entrees include lobster bisque, stuffed chicken breast and New York strip, along with a 4oz filet and chicken strips entrees for kids. Reservations for this event will go quickly, so be sure to call ahead or RSVP online.

June 14: Florida Georgia Line concert

Calling all country lovers! As the summer heats up and you’re rolling down the windows, there’s no better time than now to enjoy some of your favorite country tunes. For a fun-filled evening, head on over to the Dos Equis Pavilion, where you’ll have the privilege to enjoy the sounds of multi-platinum duo, Florida Georgia Line. Ticket are $44.

June 15: Dallas Yoga Fest

Open to people of all ages, Dallas Yoga Fest takes place from 8am to 5pm at Eckerson Middle School in Allen, Texas. No matter your skill level, enjoy yoga meditation, various expos and tips for living your best life. With on-site babysitting available as well as plenty of healthy and delicious food options, enjoy a day celebrating all things yoga.

Denver June 8: Garth Brooks

Get ready for a night to remember by heading out to Broncos Stadium at Mile High to enjoy music from the one and only, Garth Brooks. With key hits such as “Where Your Road Leads” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” this concert is great for all ages. Be sure to snag your ticket now!

June 14: Denver Barbecue Festival

Enjoy this up and coming Father’s Day with some of the best barbecue around. For the second year, this barbecue festival plans on cooking 18,000 pounds of smoked meat (yes, you heard us right). With free admission, barbecue and beverages will be available to purchase as you work your way through one of Denver’s most appetizing events. Be sure to show up hungry!

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June 15-16: Juneteenth Music Festival

Taking place over the course of two days, Juneteenth Music Festival will be held in the Historic Five Points neighborhood, where you and the family can enjoy hundreds of vendors while you munch on food and enjoy live entertainment from artists such as Ashanti and Ro James. Along with a parade, Juneteenth celebrates the ending of African-American slavery in the United States, and promotes African-American education and achievement.

Houston June 8-9: Jurassic Adventure

Come on out for fun the whole family can enjoy. Jurassic Adventure allows attendees partake in creative activities, enjoy dinosaur-themed rides and see more than 50 life-size realistic dinosaurs to take you back in time. Both educational and entertaining, experience fossil digs, bungee runs and more. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the door and begin at $26 for adults.

June 15: Houston Food Fest

A whopping 70+ vendors will be on-hand slinging their best eats from noon to 10pm in Midtown Park. Tickets are just $5-$10, and food ranges the gamut from ice cream to vegan burgers and barbecue.

June 22: Houston Pride Festival

It’s Pride Month, y’all. Houston celebrates with an estimated crowd of over 700,000 flocking from noon to 7pm downtown near the central library and city hall. The parade begins at 8pm and steps off from the intersection of Smith and Lamar streets, then continues down Smith Street. Both events are 100 percent free. For more info, visit the website.

Seattle June 9: Sunday Supper Cruise

What’s better than enjoying the beautiful views of Seattle’s waterways and city skyline?  The Sunday Supper Cruise offers a relaxing evening on the water during this two-hour, buffet-style activity both friends and family will love. The event calls for casual attire, with general admission tickets costing $75 per person.

June 21: Kirkland Wine Walk

Taking place from 6-9pm, the Kirkland Wine Walk is a 21+ event beginning at the Heathman Hotel on Kirkland Avenue. Grab your family members or a few friends and make your way through various downtown art galleries, boutiques and more. All you need to do is sip, stroll and enjoy your day! Tickets are $25. Don’t miss out!

June 22: Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show

One of Seattle’s largest indie craft shows, this event includes a wide variety of handcrafted goods from over 150 vendors, ranging from clothing and accessories to candles and housewares. Show hours are from 11am to 5pm, and admission is free. Be sure to come to check it out!

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Southern California June 15: Chili at the Beach 

For its 12th year, Huntington Beach Downtown District will be hosting Chili at the Beach. Taking place from 11am to 5pm, enjoy all of the chili and salsa your belly can muster and tons of live entertainment. Perfect for all ages, bring your kids along as you wander through the first three blocks of downtown Main Street.

June 15: Summer Solstice Garden Gala

Food, fauna, flora and fun! Hosted at Fullerton Arboretum, spend a night indulging in savory food choices as you enjoy live entertainment and fresh cocktails. Their annual event has proceeds benefiting the arboretum, so be sure to bring your friends and loved ones!

June 20-23: Summerfest

For four days at Fountain Valley Sports Park, enjoy rides, entertainment and food vendors. Great for the whole family, soak up the sun as you experience a car show, listen to live music and more! There’s no better way to kick off summer.

South Florida June 11: Food Truck Tuesdays

Brought to you by Miami Food Trucks Events, head on over to Haulover Park each Tuesday from 5-10pm, where you can enjoy various gourmet food options such as seafood, Japanese, Mexican and more! No matter your flavor of choice, you’re sure to find mouth-watering options you’ll love.

June 15: Beachtone Jazz Festival

With ticket prices beginning at $55, enjoy a jazz-filled night as you soak up the best of Miami’s music scene. Combining some of the best musical performances from local jazz artists, this event is great for the entire family. Artists include Elaine Elias, Yamandu Costa and Sammy Figueroa.

June 20: Best of Miami

Located at the Jungle Plaza, this 21+ event brings endless entertainment. From street performers and acrobats to food sampling and adult beverages, this event really is the best of Miami. Ticket prices range, so be sure to check out their website for more information. The event takes place from 8-11pm.

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Remember when we were younger and our parents used to tell us that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? They weren’t wrong, but more often than not—people are mindlessly pouring another bowl of cereal or grabbing toast with a cup of coffee as they run out the door to begin their day. And while there’s nothing wrong with throwing together a quick breakfast, you’ll find much more good in creating a meal that’s healthy and packed with protein.

Why a hearty breakfast matters You stay fuller longer

Several studies have indicated that adding lean protein to your breakfast can curb your appetite and cravings for the remainder of the day. Wondering why? Well, protein-packed meals release the hormone ghrelin, also known as the “hunger hormone,” which stimulates the appetite and can intensify your hunger. Therefore, adding protein to your diet will increase your fullness and reduce your hunger, potentially keeping you from grabbing the glazed doughnut that’s been eyeing you in your office.

It fuels your metabolism

Simply put, more protein means a faster metabolism, and a faster metabolism means more calories burned. Foods that are rich in protein will not only provide you with more energy, but it will also keep you from losing muscle mass. Seems like a win-win, right?

Many people adding protein-packed foods to their breakfast regimen start first by just making scrambled eggs every day, but that can get old fairly quick. Luckily, creating healthy breakfast options isn’t as challenging as you may think. In order to help fuel your day in a delicious way, we’ve gathered three breakfast options for you to create in your apartment. And don’t worry, we understand that mornings can be hectic, so we made sure they are quick and easy to make so you can get on with your day. Enjoy!

Try these recipes Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

The good thing about smoothies is you can pretty much take almost any sensible fruit and vegetable combination available in your kitchen, toss it in a blender and have a 95 percent chance that things will turn out delicious. And while smoothie concoctions may seem endless, we were able to find one that’s easy to make yet still packed with flavor.

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 large strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup milk (skim, whole, almond…the choice is yours!)
  • 2 tsp protein powder, optional
  • 1 tbsp honey, optional

Now throw it all together and press the blend button. Just like that, you’re done! And remember, you don’t always need protein powder to create a protein smoothie. You won’t get as much as you would with the powder, but here the Greek yogurt still acts as an excellent source of protein.

Berry Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Parfait

With only six ingredients, this scrumptious breakfast option has 27 grams of protein! Get the recipe below:

Ingredients:
  • 7 ounces 2 percent Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup berries of your choice
  • 1 ounce chopped walnuts
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Honey to taste

Now the creation process is up to you. You can either blend all of the ingredients together to create a sweet concoction, or layer the ingredients to build yourself a parfait bowl. Once you’ve finished, dust a layer of cinnamon and add a drizzle of honey to create additional sweetness.

Protein Eggsadilla

Alright now we will admit, this does have eggs. However, we’ve made sure it’s a recipe that adds loads of flair and flavor, making it the perfect go-to dish.

Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp salsa
  • Salt & pepper to taste, optional

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, scramble the egg with the egg whites before placing on your whole-wheat tortilla. Add your cheese and salsa and top with salt and pepper if the extra spice is wanted, before rolling your tortilla up and digging in. Super easy, and super yummy!

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We’re just about halfway through 2019, and AMLI has already exceeded expectations in meeting several sustainability milestones. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s been lighting up on our radar.

Habitat for Humanity Donor Appreciation Award

In May, AMLI received a Donor Appreciation Award from the Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where we donated over $220,000 worth of materials, furniture and appliances as part of our on-going renovations to our communities in the area. These donations will allow local Austin businesses and homeowners to renovate for less than the cost of buying new, and keep these items from being pitched into local landfills. It’s estimated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that around 5,500+ tons of waste enters Travis County landfills every single day.

Items we donated, included:

  • cabinets
  • refrigerators
  • ovens
  • washers and dryers
  • dishwashers
  • plumbing fixtures
  • sink bases
  • light fixtures
  • ceiling fans

If you’re in the Austin area, be sure to swing by fast. The Austin ReStore location has some of the highest sales in the country. These items may not be there for long!

ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

In April, the EPA named AMLI a Partner of the Year for our commitment to achieving ENERGY STAR certification for our new and existing communities. Apartment communities that receive this distinction use much less energy and resources than average through their overall design and by using highly-efficient appliances to cut down on waste. AMLI has 27 communities certified by ENERGY STAR, and those communities perform in the top 25 percent of similar multifamily buildings nationwide.

AMLI Residential on LinkedIn: “We’re proud to announce a new first! We’ve received a 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award! Congrats to all the winners and huge thanks to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). #ENERGYSTARawards #energystar”

April 9, 2019: AMLI Residential posted an article on LinkedIn

Earth Day Recycling Drive

To celebrate Earth Day this year, AMLI completed its first nationwide electronics recycling drive. Residents were encouraged to recycle their old electronics at their community’s leasing office, and in exchange would be entered in a raffle to win a new TV. A winner was selected for each of AMLI’s nine regions, with TVs provided by CORT Furniture. Residents across the country recycled over 1,800 items, with AMLI Deerfield near Chicago collecting the most. The Chicago area placed first in number of recycled items overall, the Austin region came in a close second behind Chicago, followed by Houston in third.

Thanks to all the residents who participated! And congrats to those who won!

AMLI Buckhead goes LEED® Platinum

Our newest community in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood recently received one of the most highly-regarded sustainability nods in the building trades.

In March, AMLI Buckhead achieved LEED Platinum status, the highest award available for LEED certification. Similar to ENERGY STAR, the award was received due to a forward-thinking, efficient design at the community level, but also in large part due to the building’s location. Uncommon for most of Atlanta, AMLI Buckhead is within walking distance to the MARTA, the city’s public commuter train, and the walkable portion of the local neighborhood as well.

This comes in addition to having Marie Sims Park, Buckhead’s newest greenspace, directly outside its doors. Marie Sims Park was created by AMLI for our residents and the public to enjoy, and uses landscaping that helps ease the impact of stormwater runoff in neighborhood. Other features that contributed to AMLI Buckhead’s LEED Platinum achievement include use of low or no VOC paints, high-grade air filtration, electric car charging stations, bicycle storage and water-efficient fixtures.

Looking forward

Coming up next month, we have our third annual AMLI Sustainable Living Index. This is a survey we send to all our residents to see where their sustainability priorities lie and whether we are meeting expectations. It’s always exciting to see the numbers roll in and how they compare. Last year, we saw 84 percent of respondents say they believe in global warming and/or climate change, and 83 percent of respondents say they believe that living in a green community is beneficial to their health.

On the development front, AMLI currently has 18 LEED developments in design or construction phases, with some of those already leasing or expected to be move-in ready this year. Our newest projects to begin leasing include:

The future looks bright. We hope you’ll continue to join us on our path to create a more sustainable present—and future.

See a slideshow of last year’s sustainability achievements

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Once a residential area, Rainey Street Historic District has since turned into a thriving commercial strip attracting tourists and locals alike, providing its guests with seemingly endless options for food, craft cocktails and entertainment. These remodeled bungalow houses now host cozy bars and string-lighted patios in a relaxed neighborhood setting, making it the perfect spot to check out any day of the week. Whether you visit during the day or night, this tucked away street offers a laid back atmosphere compared to Austin’s rowdy Sixth Street and is sure to capture your heart. Even better? Rainey Street is less than a 10-minute drive from our downtown Austin apartments and East Austin apartments! To help show you the way to the best places to check out on Rainey Street, we’ve gathered some of our favorite spots.

Where to eat: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey St.

Looking for a place to kick back and relax after a long days work? Look no further than Banger’s. A popular spot to eat, drink and hangout, Banger’s has more than 30 housemade sausages available to chow down and over 200 beers available to throw back. Combine that with country music and good company—you can’t go wrong. With their core values of joy, authenticity, respect, community and excellence, the staff at Banger’s will work around the clock to ensure each experience is a memorable one. To suit its customers, Banger’s offers a Sunday brunch, as well as live music, an off-leash dog park and Smoke Out Saturday—a party hosted once each month that includes cold beer, smoked meats and plenty of live entertainment. Basically, its the backyard barbecue you never knew you needed.

Little Lucy’s

Located at Half Step Bar

With its first food truck opening in 2013 on Rainey Street, Little Lucy’s has since then taken the neighborhood by storm. Offering delicious, high-quality doughnuts, these miniature delights are made from natural ingredients and are sure to satisfy. Open seven days a week until 2am, choose from a wide variety of doughnuts and top the off with a tasty dipping sauce. Wondering what your choices are? While there are too many to list off, some of our favorites include:

  • Chow Chow – cinnamon & sugar
  • Pekingese – peanut butter & banana
  • Poodle – blueberry & lemongrass
  • Golden Retriever – apple pie spices & graham cracker
  • Labrador – brambleberry, vanilla & walnut

Once you’ve tried out Lucy’s famous donuts and have decided that you can’t get enough, book them to cater your next event. You can’t go wrong!

Anthem

91 Rainey St., Suite 120

According to their website, “Anthem celebrates the journey taken and the journey still to come. The people you meet along the way and the people you had to leave behind.” Promptly speaking, this Tex-Asian pub celebrates variety and everything yet to come, topped off with delicious meal options. Honoring American comfort food, Anthem spices things up by adding Asian and Latin flare, creating mouth-watering flavors that will keep you coming back for more. On top of it all, more than 40 craft beers are featured at Anthem, creating the perfect opportunity to unwind and let loose. If you aren’t sure what to try, we recommend the Aloha Burger, an Angus beef patty finished with bacon, Gruyere cheese, grilled pineapple and miso aioli set between a delicious brioche bun. Other options include their Chicken & Waffle V2.0, Vdog and the impressive Hilo Hawaiian Sandwich, puts barbecue brisket, bacon, sesame slaw, french fried onions and kimchi aioli on a sweet bun.

Where to drink: Container Bar

90 Rainey St.

What’s the container bar you ask? Well, simply put, it’s a bar made of containers. Seven containers, to be exact. Pretty cool, right? At this unique 21+ joint, you’ll find great music, great beer and even better company. This place is pretty hoppin’ most nights, open until 2am and always a great option to help set you loose. With over 20 beers on draft, wine options and specialty cocktails, this is the perfect place to go during a night out on the town. And don’t worry—even if you find yourself standing in one of the containers, there’s still plenty of room to talk, hangout and break it down on the dance floor. If you find yourself hungry afterward, conveniently head across the street and help yourself to one of the stellar food truck options.

The Alibi

96 Rainey St.

With indoor and outdoor bar seating, porch swings and over 12 television screens, The Alibi is a trendy area to try out with your friends on a Friday or Saturday night. Hosting special events to keep its guests entertained, The Alibi has everything you need to craft your perfect night. So soak up the Texas heat with some live entertainment, order yourself a cold beer and enjoy!

Craft Pride

61 Rainey St.

Craft Pride was created with beer lovers in mind. Serving only craft beer made in Texas, this Austin hot-spot serves up over 50 high-quality brews that you’re sure to appreciate. With the intent to prove their commitment to sustainability, Craft Pride ensures that everything from their design and decor to their beer options are sourced locally. For those looking to pair their ice cold beer with solid conversation, there’s an expansive backyard available to hang out and relax as you listen to a live band rock out.

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As the weather continues to warm up, it’s become all the more necessary to find the perfect cold treat to suit your sweet tooth and keep you cool for the summer. And if you’re wondering what that cold snack may be—yes, the answer is ice cream. Around our Ft. Lauderdale apartment rentals, there are plenty of ice cream shops for you to enjoy, and we recommend trying every single one of them.

Wilton Creamery

2301 Wilton Drive

Differing from your average mom-and-pop ice cream shop, Wilton Creamery defines itself as an “upscale boutique.” A loft space with industrial decor, take your pick from either indoor or outdoor seating as you try out their multitude of ice cream flavors. With vegan. gluten-free and non-dairy options, no dietary restriction can refrain you from making your way over to Wilton’s and enjoying a tasty snack! Some of their most popular flavor choices include:

  • Triple rum raisin
  • Nutella crunch
  • Key lime
  • Strong coffee

And for all you single folks out there? The “He’s Not Worth It!” is your go-to. This vanilla and English toffee ice cream includes Oreo cookies, Heath bar and chopped soft caramel, all finished with a swirl of sea salt caramel. Not too shabby, right? If you aren’t in the mood for ice cream, Wilton Creamery also offers shakes, sundaes and bubble tea for your convenience.

Sloan’s Ice Cream

700 S. Rosemary Ave.

A retro shop bringing you back to the 1950s, Sloan’s Ice Cream provides you with traditional ice cream flavors we all know and love. Enjoy your ice cream in a freshly made waffle cone, or add a freshly baked cookie to your order. With its first location opening in Palm Beach in 1999, Sloan’s has since expanded to more than 15 locations in Florida, California and even the Middle East. Their melt-in-your-mouth flavors include options such as the Almond Joy, Mom’s Apple Pie and Birthday, which is loaded with chunks of buttercream frosted chocolate and yellow birthday cake. For those looking to try unique flavors that you can’t find elsewhere, we recommend the Coffee and Doughnuts, a creamy coffee ice cream with Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts thrown into the mix. Our only recommendation? Make sure you wear your stretchy pants! Other flavors include:

  • Fresh Strawberry
  • Mint Chocolate Chunk
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
  • S’mores

Sloan’s is open until 11pm during the weekdays and midnight on the weekends. Be sure to stop on by!

Yo Mama’s Ice Cream

901 Sunrise Lane

Homemade and made from scratch right in front of its customers, Yo Mama’s Ice Cream is one of a kind. Specializing in sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and more, Yo Mama’s is made daily on-site to create fresh flavors you’re sure to love. To create your own unique dish, Yo Mama’s offers a topping bar, where you can specialize your dessert with options such as fruit, brownie bites, chocolate chips and plenty of sprinkles, among other toppings. Although their flavor options vary, popular choices include the caramel fudge bomb and coconut cream, finished with white chocolate chips and coconut shavings. To add some crunch into your dessert, Yo Mam’s created its own specialized popcorn, with flavors such as caramel, cheddar and chocolate covered caramel. All we can say is, yum! This popular destination is sure to get busy during the weekends, so be sure to get there early! Because we’re pretty sure the saying is no dinner before dessert, right?

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As you walk through the grocery store aisles, it’s easy to mindlessly grab items that may not have necessarily made your list, but caught your eye and became an impulse buy. We get it, we’ve all been there. However, once this happens—it’s only a matter of time before you get home to your apartment and realize that figuring out how to organize your kitchen pantry has become a somewhat messy, unorganized and unmanageable task. Between the half-eaten bags of chips, the varying sizes of food containers and the food you forgot you even had, your pantry can become a disaster area if you don’t stay on top of it. By properly organizing your kitchen pantry, specific items will be easier to find, all while giving yourself more room and less mess.

The weekly clean out

Although this may seem like a daunting task, we promise it’s worth it! Set aside 10 minutes each week to sift through your kitchen pantry cabinet and throw out anything that’s no longer of use to you. These items could include items that have either expired, or you don’t plan on eating. You’d be surprised at just how much extra food you have and be amazed by what a little bit of clean-up can do.

Clear containers/label makers

Now comes the fun part. Once you’ve finished cleaning out your kitchen pantry, you can begin organizing it in a way that will make everything easier to find, and upgrade the aesthetic of your pantry in the process. Using clear plastic or glass containers will help you quickly find what you’re looking for, especially once you’ve labeled it with a handy-dandy label maker! (If you don’t have a label-maker, don’t worry, stickers will work just as well). Make sure to use containers that are easily stackable, providing you with additional room for storage while keeping everything tidy and compact. Simply transfer your food from its original packaging to these containers. Or, better yet, purchase loose items like dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal and grains like rice from the bulk bins at your local store. You’ll no longer be rummaging through endless boxes and bags to find what you’re looking for. 

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Group like items

To continue on the organizational streak we have going, it’s important to group similar items together. This will not only make things easier to find, but it will also make all your food items more accessible so you aren’t rummaging through your pantry to find the secret ingredient your homemade chocolate cookies need to have. Move spices and baking items you may use regularly toward the front of your kitchen pantry for easy access, followed by others. Snack items can go on another shelf, the same for canned goods you may have stocked up on—you get the gist.

Door storage

For those of you looking to create additional storage space within your kitchen pantry, adding door storage may be of use to you. Easy to install, this will aid in providing quick access to your most widely used items and ingredients. All you need is a rack with handles that can be placed over your door—and voila! You can even use a hanging shoe organizer for this if you already have one. Try looking at your retail store, or click here to shop for door storage online.

Pots and pans

There’s no denying that storing your pots and pans can pose the most difficulty and the largest hassle when organizing your pantry. It’s already a challenge making room for all of your pots, never mind making room for all of its corresponding lids! And although many may think it’s important to keep sets together, it takes up more space and is less organizationally-savvy for those looking for a greater uniform. Instead, we recommend separating your lids from your pots/pans and hanging them (with the help of your handy-dandy door storage) to make them more accessible and easier to find.

And there you have it folks, follow these few easy steps and you’ll soon have the kitchen pantry of your dreams! That wasn’t too hard, right?

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