College students headed to life away from home for the first time may fair better in an apartment community with the amenities and privacy of home, than in living in a dormitory. Consider the following when looking for college freshman living accommodations in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Freedom: while rules and regulations lend themselves to a civil society, dorms life comes with many more restrictions than an apartment does. The ability to welcome guests without someone watching over your shoulder, like a resident assistant or advisor would, is one such freedom. Also, having control over your roommate selection is a welcome advantage to apartment living. There will still be rules that the college student will have to observe, like paying your rent on time, keeping the noise level down, and avoiding anything illegal on the premises that risk eviction. Many would argue that living without an RA (resident advisor) builds maturity more rapidly.
Space: A dorm room, well, is a room. No private full bath, well-equipped kitchen, or separate study space exists. An apartment that comes with an appliance equipped kitchen will save many a trip to the dining hall with limited offerings and hours. Imagine your late-night study sessions not having to be interrupted for coffee runs or trips for snacks. Your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator can be well-stocked accommodating special diet needs.
Having a private bathroom is a wonderful plus when it comes to health and hygiene needs. Rather than having to share facilities and tote your toiletries down the hall, an apartment allows privacy. Having your own private bath stocked with your personal items is a small luxury for the first-year college student.
Parking spaces come with most leases at an apartment complex. Campus parking at the dormitories can be limited and further away from some buildings than most apartment complexes in the Acadiana area. If you have a vehicle and visitors with cars, the ability to park in designated areas within a well-lit gated community is a considerable safety advantage.
Finances: Dormitories may cost more in the long run. Consider meal plans and having to move to another room at the end of a term may end up costing more in time and effort than renting an off-campus apartment.
Additionally, establishing a great renting history at an early age is another advantage of renting an apartment off-campus. You will have established credit and rental history before holding your first professional job.
The ability to stay year-round and not leave for holiday breaks is an advantage students don’t always think of when deciding where they will live while earning their degree. 24-hour fitness centers, high-speed internet connections, and nearby shopping, entertainment, churches, and restaurants that come with leasing at Lafayette Gardens Apartment makes economic sense.
Looking for a place to live minutes from campus in Lafayette? Tour Lafayette Garden Apartments in Lafayette, La and ask about student move-in specials.
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Good, old summertime is around the corner. The days are longer and warmer. School will soon be out and vacation time is much desired. Instead of leaving the area or vacating the premises and heading out-of-town, why not have a stay-cation. A Stay-cation is a break without the travel. Stay-cations are a great way to relax and unwind without the hassle of sitting in traffic or a crowded airport. Economically speaking, Stay-cations can help you save more and spend less. So, don’t pack your bags. No need to gas up the vehicle. All you need is some time and some creative suggestions for your stay at home break from the day-to-day routines of life.
Inside Beach Experience
Items needed: beach towels, bottles of lotion (coconut scent recommended), music source, favorite beach read, and bathing suit or cut-off and comfortable t-shirt.
What to do: Clear the room by pushing the furniture back. Put on your beachwear. (No shoes allowed!) Spread towels on the floor. Lotion up inhaling the smell of the tropics. Lay on your towel and read or flip through a magazine while your favorite playlist blasts in the background. Calypso music or surfing songs highly recommended. Have lemon-aid and a sandwich that you pack in an ice chest or picnic basket for full-effect.
Christmas in July
Items needed: small palm tree (real or artificial), empty boxes, markers, wrapping paper or tissue paper in yellow, orange, hot pink, and turquoise, music source, red and/or white clothing, and at least one relative.
What to do: Decorate your palm with found items or earrings and necklaces procured from a willing participant. Take the empty boxes and markers and write words of intangible giftings (love, health, kindness, peace, etc.) inside the box. Don’t let anyone see what you write! Wrap the boxes and have a gift exchange while you blast your favorite sing-a-long Christmas songs. This can be a ho, ho, ho lot of fun with kids of any age. Find a fireplace image for extra effect.
Serving Vacations are popular travel choices for many. A service vacation is when you spend your time going and performing charitable acts for others. Sometimes it’s building homes for a stranger, traveling to a foreign country and helping dig wells, or maybe working for a mission organization by spending your vacation time as volunteer time. You can do similar things with a Stay-cation.
Items needed: Things you no longer need, canned goods, spare change or unredeemed gift cards, some time, and a willing spirit.
What to do: Day one of your Stay-cation can be spent cleaning out closets and cabinets. Donate usable items to local charities or host a yard sale and donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice. On another day, gather canned goods and non-perishables and head off to your local food bank or soup kitchen and spend some time volunteering. On another day, bring your spare change and unused gift cards to a venue with machines like Coinstar that allow you to sort and gift to charities of choice without a usage payment. Cannot find coin machines, head to a bank, get some money wrappers and roll change. Bring to your favorite non-profit organization.
Enlisting the help of your apartment complex neighbors or friends down the block is a way to be of more significant service to local charities.
Stay-cations can be fun, helpful, and just the thing needed during the summertime—a break from the routine!
Looking for a new family and pet-friendly apartment home in Lafayette Louisiana? Consider touring Lafayette Gardens Apartments.
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Easter weekend, graduations, weddings, and Spring Break are all times when friends and family come to visit. When you are hosting family, how do you make them feel at home when they are away from their primary residence? Practice what hotel staff calls radical hospitality. It goes beyond just a place to lay their heads for a few nights.
Start with these radical helpful hospitality hints to make visitors feel right at home!
Clean, clean, clean: Clean the bathroom, guest room or area where they will be sleeping. Provide plenty of clean towels, sheets, and even common cleaning products for their use.
House secrets: If you know them well enough and can trust them with this information, give your guests a spare set of keys, the alarm combination, and your WIFI password. That way they don’t have to ask if they like to go out for an early morning run, cannot sleep and want to stream a favorite sitcom or need a breath of fresh air without disturbing you.
Packets of information: Leave your guests a packet of information about local attractions, restaurants, shopping, special events, and history. You can pick up packets at local tourist bureaus, chamber of commerce offices, and even churches. Your guests may not want to be dependent on you for information so make it easy for them to explore the area you call home.
Snack Attack: Leave a selection of beverages, fruit, crackers, water, cheeses, and juice that can be eaten without preparation at their fingertips. Even better, make a quick trip with them to the local store after a brief menu planning for the days they will be in town. That way, they can select things they truly enjoy and let you know of any allergies or dietary constrictions they have to observe.
It’s in the details: Fresh flowers on the bedside table, a pair of slippers or flip flops they can wear and bring home with them, a few extra pillows and blankets, and their favorite DVDs at the ready are all special touches that will make a guest feel extra special.
See if you have what you need: Go through your routine as if you are the guest at your house. Anything you can anticipate needing if you were visiting someone, provide it for them. A toiletry kit with toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, razors, lotion, tissues, air freshener, and even a small candle is a fabulous touch. Even bottles of water or a pitcher and glass is welcome at the bedside so they don’t have to venture into dark rooms in a strange place.
Consider the kids: If your guests have children, make certain you have kid-friendly entertainment for them. Games, coloring books, small toys, and healthy snacks easily win the parents hearts because you were thoughtful enough to include special things for the kids. Be really radical and take the kids to the park or zoo and give parents some relaxing time after traveling to join you.
Regardless of the reason you welcome guests, if you practice radical hospitality, everyone will have a great experience. Lafayette Garden Apartments is in the business of radical hospitality, offering both short and long term corporate leases in Lafayette, La. Amenities offered are many and include two 24-hour fitness centers, alarm systems, and fully supplied and furnished units. Take a tour today!
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The Minimalist Movement is alive and well. Minimalism is when you pare down, unclutter, and live with a style where less is more. Minimalism in home décor is when you use a few pieces where function is as important as form or maximum use from well-chosen pieces.
Did you pare down to only find things build back up? After your deep Spring Cleaning, where you purge to get rid of clutter and redundant things, how do you plan to keep your Minimalist Movement alive?
Here are some tips to maintain minimal amounts of things that commonly pile up in your home:
Sort your mail by a recycle bin or trash container
Despite the popularity of electronic mail and advertising, print companies still produce mail outs by the millions each month. All those pieces of paper, when thrown down on the entry way table, the dining table, or on your desk turn into clutter quickly. Go through your mail every day and throw away or recycle anything you do not have to keep. Several people recycle used envelopes by keeping them at hand as scrap paper to make quick lists or notes on allowing them to be repurposed quickly.
Wash the dishes immediately
We eat every day and whether it is take-out containers, coffee cups, wine glasses, or the dinner dishes and pots that build up, we all clutter the kitchen quickly. Wash those dishes immediately. Easier said than done? Not necessarily. While preparing a meal or prepping for the week, make sure you have a sink of sudsy, hot water at the ready. Place the dishes used in the sink and then load the dishwasher before you sit down to eat. Or, if you wash dishes by hand, let them soak while you eat and clean up will be a breeze. Dry the dishes and put them away if you wash by hand. The feeling of accomplishment is doubled by you doing something and seeing a clutter-free counter as a reward for your hard work.
Every night put it back to right
Before you go to bed, walk through your apartment or house, and put things up where they belong. Earrings go in the jewelry box, not on the dresser. Towels hang up or go in the hamper, not on the bathroom floor. Books go back on the shelf, not on the arm of the sofa. You get the idea. Put things where they belong every day so things don’t build up and become overwhelming.
Bring something home and give something away
If you value something enough to let it take space in your life, honor it by recycling what it takes the place of or by discarding something that has worn out. In example: You needed a new black t-shirt because your old one was a little too large or had a small spot on it. When the new shirt is placed in your closet, give the old one that you cannot wear to a thrift shop. If you replaced because the other one had a spot on it. Throw the old stained shirt away so you aren’t tempted to wear it when your new one is dirty.
Once a week, deep clean a small space
Spend 30 minutes, one day a week, to clean a small space where clutter can quickly build up. Three suggestions: the junk drawer in the kitchen, the back of the closet, or the plastic storage bin in the garage. You get the idea. Pick one spot, spend a small amount of time on it, and maintain the minimalist look in your living space.
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Spring hasn’t officially sprung according to the calendar, but those of us who live in the South have already experienced temperatures in the seventies, frequent showers that brought flowers, and enough pollen in the air to turn our vehicles yellow. Allergy sufferers have been hit hard with various particles in the air that cause eyes to water, skin to itch, and repetitive sneezing episodes. What to do? Clean up!
Whether routine or deep Spring cleaning following these allergen lessening tips from the American Medical Association will help allergy sufferers (and everyone else) from encountering too much of the things that make us sneeze:
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“Soup’s On!”, means dinner is served. It is a way to call those with an appetite to the table. When soup is truly on, a meal of liquid food will be ladled into bowls and served for nourishment and enjoyment to friends and family in Lafayette Louisiana Apartment.
Soup, by definition is ingredients, usually meat and vegetables, floating or cooked in broth. Soups can be hearty or light. Soups can be served hot or cold. Soups can be the main course, or only course for that matter, or part of a meal.
When part of a meal, soup can be the starter, in-between course palate cleanser, or the finish. Whether appetizer, broth between courses, or dessert, a knowledge of the variety or types of soups is good to have.
Some common types of soups are bisque, chowder, and vichyssoise. Bisque is rich and creamy and usually made with lobster, shrimp, or crawfish. Bayou Bisque is served at Lafayette’s Blue Dog Café to rave reviews. Chowder is rich and typically made with fish, clams, and potatoes. While clam chowder is a staple in the eastern United States, in the Acadiana area shrimp and corn chowder is hard to beat and a popular choice when nights are cold. Vichyssoise is a potato, onion, and cream soup commonly served cold. It is a hearty and simple, economical soup to feed a crowd.
Gazpacho is a cold vegetable soup that utilizes seasonal produce to great success. Broth is a soup or stock usually made from meat and vegetable chunks or bones. Consommé is a concentrated stock and somewhat thicker than broth.
Different nationalities are known by their traditional soups. Italians are known for making minestrone. Cajuns are known for their gumbos including seafood gumbo, okra and sausage gumbo, and chicken gumbo. Catfish Court Bouillon is another Southern dish that is considered a delicacy. Both of these soups are served over rice. Posole is a Mexican chunky style comfort liquid food that dates back to Aztec times.
Cowboys from various nationalities are known for making chili using beef, pork, vegetables, and even shrimp. And, stews are also common campfire meals served to rejuvenate at the end of a long day. Stoup is a combination of stew and soup with a medium consistency rather than thick (like stew) or thin (like soup).
Soups are wonderful additions to any meal, or a complete meal in itself, regardless of the occasion or season. As winter time wraps up, consider serving your favorite soup before warm weather returns.
Preparing soup in your corporate apartment is a delight when you have a totally furnished and equipped space like the corporate offerings at Lafayette Garden Apartments. Whether living in the area for weeks or month at a time, the friendly staff can get you set up in a 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom floor plan.
Need a place for yourself or your family where you can say, “Soup’s On!”, permanently. A Lafayette Garden Apartment is a wonderful home. Gated, lighted sidewalks and paths, and extra amenities make this Acadiana apartment community highly desired. Tour today.
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Pink is a hot decorator color for 2019. Paint companies and interior design firms watch and track the latest choices and trends around the country and this year thinking pink is the way to go!
Adding pink touches to your apartment décor is a fun and quick way to update and freshen your look. Doing it in the month of February serves more than one purpose. Shades of pink can brighten the gray winter days and since February is when Valentine’s Day is celebrated, pink touches can have you holiday ready as well.
The fastest way to add a touch of pink to your 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom floor plan is a vase of flowers. Pink carnations are the number one choice when it comes to an affordable flower to fill a vase. Fresh flowers are great and this time of year roses in shades of pink like fuchsia, blush, and petal pink are widely available. Tulips are another good choice. Hyacinths can go from bulb to bloom by sitting in a vase on the windowsill. If allergies or pets keep you from enjoying live plants or flowers in your home, go with silk. Affordable arrangements add a great touch with no upkeep and you can enjoy them for years to come.
Add a touch of pink to your apartment door with a bow made with ribbons in multi-shades of pink. Inside each interior door gets a simple ribbon tied to the doorknob in the different shades of pink used to make the bow for the entryway door.
Bowls of pink candy, pink gumballs, or pink confetti make great cocktail and dining table accents. Clear glass dishes, green glass, and white glass bowls hold pink contents beautifully. Or, for another great look, pair a light pink bowl with darker colored pink fillings.
Pink linens and throw pillows are cute and festive. Flamingos and ladybugs in shades from bright to light pink are all over towels for the kitchen and bath right now. Throw and accent pillows with pink sequins and pink rickrack are room brightening choices. On the patio, all-weather pink flamingo pillows are stocked in garden centers now and will still look fresh and of the moment in summer.
Head to the local print shop and get card stock in all shades of pink. Put the paper into frames that you can hang as a grouping or stand up on the countertop or vanity. Instant modern art!
Keep thinking pink when it is time to decorate you. Your wearing apparel can be uplifting in healthy shades of pink. Pink socks, pink lipstick, pink sweaters, and pink pajamas are top choices when it comes to adding pink to your wardrobe.
When drinking and eating pink translates to champagne, salmon, and all types of berries including strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Pink Teas are popular in the South to chase away the winter blues. Rose petal tea, pink lemon-aid, and pink iced tea cakes are three staples at one of these blah busting gatherings.
If you are ready to be “in the pink” in the perfect 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom Lafayette apartment in Lafayette Louisiana contact Lafayette Gardens Apartments.
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Are you looking for a one bedroom apartment in Lafayette? Maybe a two bedroom apartment in Lafayette is more the space you need. A three bedroom in Lafayette is also an option. Whether looking for your next personal apartment or corporate housing solutions for your company, there are excellent choices in 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartment in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Sometimes the size space you need in an apartment or corporate housing is defined for you. The company you work for may tell you that you need to find a 1-bedroom in Lafayette. Single individuals and couples looking for their first place together to rent also need a 1-bedroom in Lafayette. Students (with their parents’ blessings) decide to live off campus and desire a 1-bedroom in Lafayette as an alternative to a dormitory room. Then, there are those who need corporate housing solutions of 2-bedrooms in Lafayette.
Two bedrooms options are usually sought for a team of workers or professionals who are working on the same project. College students many times need 2-bedrooms because they want a roommate or siblings are attending the same university, and it is economical to share space. Many times, couples wish to have an extra bedroom to host overnight guests without having to use the sofa or a blow-up mattress.
Families and companies both desire 3-bedrooms in Lafayette when multiple people are sharing the space. Many times, having a three-bedroom apartment in Lafayette makes sense for a corporate housing solution when people rotate in and out of a particular area. That way each person can maintain clothing and attire in their personal bedroom space while utilizing other areas as shared spaces.
Three bedrooms make for great space for families with more than one child and for multi-generational families that opt to live under one roof. A 3-bedroom apartment in Lafayette is also the way to go when you have a home business, and you need the extra room for a home office without sacrificing your living areas for work duties.
Persons with pets many times opt to give their family fur baby its own room. This way pet paraphernalia can be kept in one place and when guest visit, the area can be closed off for the comfort of everyone.
Where do you go if you are looking for a one bedroom, two bedrooms, or a three bedroom apartment in Lafayette, La? You schedule a tour of Lafayette Garden Apartments. Whether looking for personal space or corporate housing solutions in Lafayette, Louisiana, the floor plans and amenities in this gated community deserve your attention.
Each apartment has an alarm system, large closets, all major appliances, and patio space. The premises are spacious, well lit, and have on-site staff and security.
Two 24-hour work out centers makes it easier to keep your new year’s resolution of exercise. Prefer to walk or run outdoors? You can do that on the grounds and even swim in the pool that has a beachfront approach to the water.
Contact Lafayette Garden Apartments today to learn more about move-in specials on whichever floor plan size your need. 1-bedroom in Lafayette, 2-bedroom in Lafayette, 3-bedroom in Lafayette, or corporate housing in Lafayette look no further!
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A new year brings new home decorating looks and incorporating them into your apartment for a bright, updated look is not difficult to do. Paint companies, interior designers, and buyers from the United States and Europe are interviewed every year on what their predictions are for hot looks in the new year. Here are seven things that will gain in popularity and ways you can change or add to your present décor in your apartment.
Neutrals - for the last few years one of the most used colors was grey. No more! Lose the grey darker tones. Think warm neutrals like beige and taupe. Whether used for wall colors, on a large piece of furniture, or for necessary items like bedding, towels, or curtains, neutrals bring your décor forward into the new year.
Contrasting Patterns & Colors - when things are paired that contrast you see a striking difference. Black is in contrast to beige and taupe. Pink paired with black and/or blue also is a great high contrast look. When paired together the effect is striking and new looking for home décor in 2019. Contrasting patterns that are always effective are florals and plaids. Rough textures paired with smooth surfaces are another great way to show striking differences that make for a trendy décor look of contrast.
Think Pink - any and all shades of pink are big for home décor in the new year. Hot pink, bubblegum pink, fuchsia, hibiscus, and pale pink are all looking good when it comes to adding pops of color in your home.
Black for the Kitchen - it is always great to have black incorporated in your design schemes to give your eyes a focal point. This upcoming year the room that saw the most use of the color, or the absence of color, black was the kitchen. It can gleam as an appliance, cabinet, or counter color and is beautifully used on bowls, dishes, and canisters in eye-popping designs.
Florals - prints of flowers and greenery are a design tradition in the South. All over the world 2019 home décor is blooming with bold floral prints. Floral patterned wallpaper and stenciling makes a comeback for one wall as well as floral slipcovers for furniture. Big and bold flowers rather than smaller blooms are the way to go.
Tweed - when it comes to fabric, tweed is the 2019 choice. Tweeds rougher texture with little flecks of color is great for sofas, chair cushions, and pillows. Durable and neutral tweed is a look with staying power.
Curves Ahead - roundtables, circular chairs, and curved couches are impactful looks and gaining in popularity. Room flow seems to improve when you add curved furniture and accent pieces. Even round canvases and frames are appearing on walls.
Handcrafted pieces - whether a country craftsman or a city gallery owner/operator hand makes your new piece of art or accent décor, handcrafted is the way to go! Resourced boards are continuing to be used for all sorts of home décor that is handcrafted.
Ready to add some of these great designs to your apartment, go shopping! New drapes, throw pillows, wall decals, and small accent pieces are fast, economical ways to add the latest décor looks to your home. Re-group things you already own and make the most of high contrast looks.
Paul Michael, art galleries, and farmers markets are great places to go in the Lafayette area to add hot items to your décor. Looking for a new place to decorate? While out shopping in Acadiana, stop by Lafayette Garden Apartments for a tour of their 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments in Lafayette, La.
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Every new year brings new goals. Year after year statistic companies see that the top three goals or new year’s resolutions that are set involve improving personal health, changing personal finances, and self-care being addressed in a variety of ways. If one of your new year’s resolutions involves these three and you are looking for a place for rent, this article is for you!
Resolutions are personal goals that you can work towards or add to your normal routine. What does finding a great place for rent have to do with the top 3 goals that people set each year? A lot. Let’s look at each one of them.
The number one resolution every year by both women and men sounds something like this: I am going to eat healthier and exercise more this year. How can Lafayette Gardens Apartments help you do that? In many ways!
A healthy lifestyle involves exercise. Finding the time to get in your vehicle, drive across town, and make it to the gym or to see a trainer before they close the doors for the night is hard. Paying for that work out time can get expensive as well. Imagine that the new apartment you find for rent in Lafayette has not one, but two fitness centers on the property. Now imagine that those two fitness centers are open 24 hours…they don’t close! One last thing to imagine, there is are no additional charges to work out in this great facility and you can walk down the sidewalk to get to the center. How great is that?
Number two yearly resolution that both men and women set is: I am going to save money this year. When you are looking for an apartment to rent, cost is a concern. Lafayette Gardens Apartments always offers move-in specials. If you aren’t ready to invest in your own furniture or have to live somewhere temporarily for work, consider a furnished apartment. 1, 2, and 3-bedroom floor plans can come fully furnished down to the fork you use to eat your healthy meals from resolution number one.
Saving money on expenses is cut when you live in an apartment complex that has great additional no-added-cost features. Some features you can experience when you make Lafayette Garden Apartments your home are security alarm systems and all major appliances being included. Other included features are on-site security, maintenance, and management.
The third new year’s resolution most commonly made by people across the United States is: I am going to improve my relationships this year. Improving relationships usually means getting involved socially, making new friends, and finding a new hobby. Finding a place for rent in a community that involves easy interaction with your neighbors who have things in common with you can be a boost to your self-esteem and any self-improvement plan. In Lafayette, seek out the apartment community that offers a clubhouse, well-lit walking areas, a beachfront swimming pool, basketball court, and common areas with grills. What could be better for socializing and making new friends?
Whatever your new year’s resolutions end up being if one of them is a new place to live, tour Lafayette Gardens Apartments today.
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