Teachers! Learn To Relax At Home With These 5 Fantastic Ideas

With every passing year, it seems like there is more and more pressure put on teachers. From keeping up with standardized testing, attendance requirements, changes in special education, and professional development, tasks can very easily pile up.

We here at the luxurious Weslaco apartments of Santa Anna Apartment Homes know that a lot of teachers don’t necessarily find a chance to relax when they get home either. Whether it be emails or grading papers, being a teacher can consume the majority of your time.

But there’s hope. The end of stress starts here with us at Santa Anna Apartment Homes. Our gorgeously designed and amazing amenities are sure to help you shake off all that stress. Plus, we have a few helpful ideas on how you can leave all that tension behind.

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5 Fantastically Simple Ways To Stomp Out Stress at Home

  1. If You’re Going to Read, Make it Fun.

When was the last time that you really sat down with the TV off, no music or other distractions, and enjoyed a good book? Chances are the most recent book-reading that you squeezed into your busy schedule revolved around education, management techniques, or professional/interpersonal advice. Remember that the front door of your apartment does not open up into a classroom or a seminar room, so feel free to indulge in some reading that fits your personal tastes and interests from time to time – especially after a hard day’s work.

  1. It’s Not Digiorno, It’s Delivery!

After a long day that drains you of your energy, one of the last things you want to have to do is go home to prepare your own meal. Putting in the extra time and having to wait to enjoy a nice dinner can feel like an extension of work. Save yourself the headache and put those saved minutes to use elsewhere by ordering food from one of your favorite restaurants. Whether it’s chicken, Chinese, or pizza, a great meal prepared by someone is one of the great joys in life.

  1. Get Into Comfortable Clothes

As important as it is to look professional at work and project the right image to coworkers and students, the fact is that those clothes aren’t always the most comfortable. A tie, the right blazer, and the perfect pair of shoes can do wonders for your work persona but be wanting in the comfort department. As soon as you get home, it’s good to get into an outfit that makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and free. Anything from pajamas to the t-shirt/shorts combo of your dreams can help you start putting any tough day in the rearview.

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  1. Develop Your Hobbies

Between work, family, and additional obligations, our minds and time can easily be pulled away from other hobbies and activities that we are passionate about. Part of beating stress is finding time to indulge in these other endeavors. Hobbies are nurtured the way everything in life is, by investing time and energy into them. It may seem odd to say, but do yourself a favor by being a bit stingy with your time and doing what actually interests you. From exercising to painting, baking to learning a new language, take some time out of the day to enjoy what makes you happy.

  1. Avoid Talking to Other Teachers

Make Santa Anna Apartment Homes your sanctuary. Contact us today to find out how we can make work a distant memory every night you come home.  

The four walls of an apartment should be a sanctuary from stress. Finding a good work/life balance starts with making changes at home.

Santa Anna Apartment Homes also offers great amenities like a resort-style pool, gym, and walking paths for when you need to get outside but don’t want to go far. Contact us today at (956) 678-4444 to find out how our luxurious Weslaco apartments can change your life.

5 Amazing Autumn Alterations for Your Apartment

Almost no one wants to see the summer come to an end. During these past few months, you’ve likely had a chance or two to shrug off the stresses of the year and relax a bit.

Unfortunately, as we move into late September, summer is about to officially wrap up. But no reason to fret.

Your management team at Weslaco’s luxurious Santa Anna Apartments reminds you that even if the temperature doesn’t change much here in the Rio Grande Valley, you can still make some changes on your own.

One of the biggest changes you can make is a seasonal switch-up of your interior decor.

Fall offers plenty of opportunities – beyond just Halloween and Thanksgiving – for you to mix things up in ways that don’t have to be expensive or exhausting.

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First things first: Don’t think of this as a to-do list!

Before you roll your sleeves up and get to work, it never hurts to have a plan in place.

While Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations can each make for hundreds of articles themselves, we’ll focus on general changes for every “regular” day of the season.

The following are just a few suggestions to consider as you get started making your apartment new again:

  1. Begin With A Clean Canvas. When a painter begins a new work, you can be sure that the first thing they need in their creation is a blank slate. They don’t go running to find an old painting and start their new one on top it.

    The same is true for your interior space. We all think of spring as cleaning time, but fall is the perfect time to get out the mop, broom, and whatever else it takes to freshen things up.

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  3. Don’t Let The Lighting Get Gloomy. As the days grow shorter, there will be less and less sunlight for you to enjoy. Making the inside of your apartment a brighter place can improve every experience you have, whether it’s just watching TV or having those closest to you over for a get-together.

    Changes like tea lights in smaller spaces and lanterns on bigger, more visible surfaces, can add just enough to a room to change its whole feel.

  4. Change The Colors. The colors typically associated with spring and summer are essentially the opposite of fall. The bright floral and tropical colors of earlier seasons should make way for more earthy tones and darker shades of orange and yellow.

    One way to add this color before you or your visitors ever step inside is to hang a welcome wreath on your door. Wreaths are a great way to combine fall colors, textures, and symbols. They’re also great at showing off your personality and quirkiness.

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  6. The Scent Of Autumn.Your sense of smell is one of your keenest senses and you can pretty much guarantee it’s the same for your visitors. But regardless of how sensitive a visitor’s sense of smell is, if your apartment’s appearance and scent don’t match up, you are sure to get the wrong kind of attention.

    It’s fall now, so matching tropical citrus and Hawaiian breeze with your fall decorations is going to end with lots of confusion and disharmony. Instead, shoot for familiar seasonal scents like apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin to reinforce your autumn theme.

  7. Nature Can Still Be Your Friend Inside. It can seem like a common theme for all seasons but it never hurts to bring the outdoors in with you. At least in the right amounts anyway.

    The best part about nature is that you can decorate with it for free. An easy way to bring some into your apartment involves collecting simple items like branches, twigs, and leaves and displaying them in empty jars, bottles, and vases.

    If you want to get a little more creative, you can place the heads of flowers in a bowl of water and float them on the surface with candles. The right assortment of colored blooms can make this an elegant and eye-catching piece for your dining or coffee table.

    A little bit of the outdoors helps bring in everything on this list, from color and scent, to enhanced lighting.

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If you are looking for a change in scenery this fall, then contact us today at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartments in Weslaco. Come find out why Santa Anna Apartments is a place for all seasons.

Summer may be on the way out but that’s no reason to mourn. Fall is a beautiful season that brings many of its own wonderful changes and requires little effort to embrace.

Santa Anna wants you to feel at peace in every season with us. Whether you change the way your apartment looks or the way you look at the world, our commitment to making your home here as comfortable as possible will never waver.

Call us at 956-678-4444 to find out more about availability and seasonal specials.

All the Answers to Avoid the Ugly Side of Setting Up Utilities

It’s no secret; moving isn’t always fun. Whether you are an active person or enjoy a good binge session of TV, lugging boxes around on even the nicest of days never feels like time well-spent.

We here at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco know that besides physically moving your personal belongings, just as much stress can come with planning everything else you have to get in order.

One thing that can become particularly worrisome is something that we rely on everyday: utilities.

As basic as utilities might be, there are a number of things to consider when setting them up.

A Utilities Q&A

Most renters are probably aware of the different utilities that they will be using in their new apartment. The most common ones are electricity, internet/cable, and water and trash collection. Natural gas and security/alarm systems are also frequently dealt with.

Ultimately, you only have two main questions that you have to answer:

  1. Which utilities are my responsibility to set up?
  2. Does my apartment complex have a preferred provider?

The lease you sign is the first place you should go for answers to question #1. Many times your landlord will have utilities like your trash and water included in your monthly rent. You can always ask them to be sure.

Knowing what they will handle for you makes it easier to plan for everything else and should save you plenty of time.

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A preferred provider is one that is the sole source for a certain utility. Many apartment units will be wired to only get cable from Dish or another company and the same is usually true for electricity.

Asking your landlord is also recommended for this, as they will know which provider you should call, which will eliminate any guesswork.

Utilities Under the Microscope

Internet and Cable

There’s almost no escaping the Internet and our need for a reliable connection to it. These services will typically, but not always, come bundled together with cable and phone service.

The Internet provider you choose determines the speed of your service and the cost. DSL will often be slower but more affordable. Satellite Internet service reaches areas other types won’t.

Cable is shared with other members of your complex and can slow down during high usage times. Fiber optic connections will give you the fastest speeds but might not be available where you live.

Because of the rise of digital streaming, cable TV might not even be a necessity for you. A subscription to a service like Netflix with Internet and 20 channels will have a price of about $70 a month.

Hello: Phone Services

Phone service is usually included in your Internet/Cable package as a landline (this is the “old school” wired connection). Because of cell phones, landlines are hardly used anymore.

You may be able to find a bundled service package that includes cell phone service or consider a VoIP option instead of a landline.

Regardless of which services you decide on and how you structure them, you should start putting your plan into motion at least two weeks before you move in.

Internet and cable can require equipment like a router or cable box to be installed, making set up a longer process. Two weeks gives a comfortable cushion to get everything done smoothly.

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You don’t want to move into a dark place and spend the start of your new lease with the lights out. Plus, your appliances and air conditioning are going to be running on electricity and we really doubt you want to be without those.

The main thing you will have to look into is which provider(s) you can set up your electric service with. Without a preferred provider, there may be a number of choices for you.

Getting plugged in might be the one thing you can move a little closer to your move-in date. Most electricity providers can start and stop service within a single day’s notice.

Still, it never hurts to get it set up ahead of time because it’s definitely something you don’t want to forget.

The cost of electricity depends mostly on how much energy you use. You can reduce electricity costs by turning off lights when you leave your apartment, as well as keeping them off in rooms you are not using when home.

Security Systems

When moving into an apartment, many people might not consider having an alarm system or other security measures installed. They may not even know it is an option available to them.

These types of systems can help bring you additional peace of mind whenever you leave home. Some even have options like updates on the quality of air in your apartment.

Some providers, like the Canary app, come with the added benefit that you can move the service with you when you change addresses. Services like this come with a price of a few hundred dollars initially and then a monthly fee of $10.

A built-in system will cost more, around $600, and can’t be taken with you in a move.

No matter what route you go, whether wireless or more traditional system, you will likely qualify for a renter’s insurance discount. A good security system will keep you safe and save you money.

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Setup Steps and Additional Considerations

The easiest way to get your utilities situated is when you are moving to a new apartment in the same city you already live in. You can usually transfer services to your new address.

If you are unable to do so, the quickest way to open a new service account is online. Most utility companies have an online option that is easy to use and much faster than opting to do things over the phone.

You’ll need your new address and the start or transfer date to get your service started.

While you can call every company one by one, there are online options that eliminate this as well.

Services like My Utilities will do all the searching for you and give you all the best options available at your new apartment. This is great for helping you find one that fits your budget best.

In your search, keep in mind that some of the utility companies you apply for service with may run a credit check. They will do this to determine if you need to provide a security deposit before you get service.

Also, you might have to be present when certain utilities are connected and that might mess with your schedule. Stay in touch with the property manager at your complex and see if they or someone else can be there in your place.

Finally, as a new customer, you may be eligible for discounts. While you may not want to spend too much time looking for these discounts, they can help you save money while moving, which can become expensive even when there are no setbacks.

Our team at Santa Anna Apartment Homes is here to help you with any questions you have concerning setting up your utilities during your move.

Contact us today at 956-678-4444 and find out just what it means to be a part of the Santa Anna Apartment Homes family.

Remaking Your Apartment For Summer

Summer can go a long way toward getting us out of our routines. Maybe it’s a vacation or road trip you’re finally getting the chance to take. Or maybe this is the summer where you follow through on a New Year’s resolution and start a new hobby.

Sometimes, though, we find ourselves staying indoors for the summer. Whether it’s simply enjoying the down time the season gives us or deciding to enjoy a staycation in the area, at Santa Anna luxury apartments in Weslaco, we know that summer doesn’t have to stay outside just because we stay in.

For those of you remaining close to home, you can bring that warm, bright summer feeling in with you. Redecorating your apartment this summer can be just what you need to stay busy, get creative, and to give yourself (and your place) a shot of energy.

Three General Guidelines

Remaking your apartment during the summer time can be exciting but also challenging as you figure out where to start. While there always seems to be hundreds of home decor options and styles to choose from, there are a few general guidelines that you should follow in order to make your apartment truly pop!

Bring On the Color!

The first thing we notice when heading outside on a summer day is all the color. Plants are in bloom, the sky is (usually) a deep, clear blue, and sunshine highlights all of nature.

You can bring that picturesque feeling into your apartment by switching to brighter color schemes with a few pieces of furniture and home decor items.

It doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking either, a few changes on the walls or tables can get you going. A new painting, picture frame, or a vase can add small splashes of color throughout your place.

Another route to update your home for summer is by switching out the textiles in your apartment. Your pillows, tablecloths, curtains, and bedspreads can all be subbed out with brighter choices.

The great thing about these changes is that they are easy to switch, regardless of the season. Going back to warmer and darker tones when the weather cools down will be just as simple.

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Be One With Nature

The easiest way to bring the great outdoors inside, is to bring the great outdoors inside. Even things you might commonly overlook outside can bring a fresh new feel to your apartment.

Small items like seashells and rocks can be displayed and arranged in many ways, bringing a beautiful and earthy aura to your pad. You can even plant succulents in a larger shell.

These little green additions to your home have the double bonus of being easy to care for and long-lasting, adding a great touch of nature and summer wherever you showcase them.

The smell of your apartment can also be changed to reflect the season as well. A focus on citrusy scents, like melon, and elemental ones, like ocean breeze, match more closely with expectations and thoughts of summer.

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You can also try adding a natural-fiber rug somewhere new or temporarily replacing one you already have. Chindi rugs usually come in brightly-colored options and add an eclectic vibe to your apartment.

Don’t Be Afraid of Flowers (But It’s Okay if you Are)

Fresh flowers are one of the most literal ways of combining the outdoors with your indoor space – and they smell so much better than dirt.

The fresher you can find them, the more color, life, and energy they will bring to your apartment. Flowers are also a great way to constantly change the look you want without much hassle.

If taking care of real plants is not your style, there are a number of artificial options to choose from. A fake bamboo plant or rubber tree can work well for you.

Not only are these choices low-maintenance but they are sure to shake things up in a big way for you and visitors. The beauty of green indoors is just too much to deny.

Santa Anna wants you to make your new home as special as possible. Our luxury apartments in Weslaco are sure to bring new life to you every time you step inside.

There are endless options for you to consider when looking for a summer theme for your apartment.

If you get stuck while brainstorming, just imagine places you’d head to for a summer trip and try to find elements of those destinations in the decorations you choose.

Contact us today (956) 678-4444 and find out how you can call the luxurious Santa Anna Apartments your new home.

Keep It Cool This Summer With These 9 Pool Etiquette Tips

Summer is here in Weslaco and the Greater Rio Grande Valley. That means you can expect a lot of hot weather and humid days ahead.

Luckily, the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco have a gorgeous resort-style pool, outdoor cabanas, and a bevy of other amenities to help you beat that summer heat.

Of course, being a great tenant and awesome neighbor means following a number of rules so that everyone can safely and happily enjoy the pool. You can make a relaxing day at the pool even better by following these 9 pool etiquette tips.

Remember: the summer’s hot enough, so keep things cool.

  1. Following the rules is cool.

Your apartment complex likely has a set of rules for pool use. While you might not always agree with them, the rules are there to protect you and your loved ones should you decide to spend a wonderful day splashing around.

It’s important that you don’t ignore the rules or simply read them as ‘recommendations’. Every year 1000s of families suffer loss because of drowning incidents and hundreds of individuals suffer serious brain injury caused by diving in shallow pools. Take the time to read the rules and actually follow them.

  1. Keep an eye on your kids.

Yes, the pool is the perfect place to relax, but that doesn’t give you free reign to stop paying attention to your children. It’s important that as a parent you remain vigilant around the pool to keep your children safe and to ensure that they are also following the rules.

Make sure your kids understand pool etiquette, which should include – no running, diving, splashing other guests, throwing objects, or constantly screaming. Keep in mind that you probably won’t be the only one trying to relax at the pool and you should want for everyone to have a great experience.

  1. Keep it down.

Most people love a good summer song, with the keyword here being – most. While radios or iPhones/iPods can be a nice little addition to your day by the pool, that doesn’t mean everyone in the complex – or by the pool for that matter – wants to hear your favorite tunes.

Remember to keep the volume down at a reasonable level so as not to be a bother.

  1. No glass.

An afternoon by the pool might include a couple of adult beverages or soda pops, but remember that glass around the pool area can be really dangerous. Consider that you’ll have other apartment residents walking around the pool area and that glass and bare feet make a horrible combination. Keep your drinks in a can or simply pour them into a styrofoam or plastic cup.

  1. Keep guest to a minimum.

Splashing around with a couple of friends sounds like the perfect summer afternoon but you’ll want to be respectful of others and limit the number of guests you choose to invite over.

Keep in mind that the pool was made for the hundreds of other residents in the complex so inviting your entire flag football team to hog it up isn’t going to win you ‘Neighbor of the Year’ award.

Don’t forget to let your friends in on the pool rules as well. You’ll want to keep them safe while still enjoying the water.

  1. On the topic of friends…you need to be there too.

Having your friends over for some summertime pool fun? Awesome! Your friends coming over with a group of their friends when you aren’t even home. Trouble!

Avoid giving out the access code or your key to the community pool. This can quickly escalate to absolute strangers ‘visiting’ you to use your pool and placing you at odds with the management.

  1. Be courteous and get rid of your trash.

An afternoon by the pool might include some drinks, food, and even a bit of barbecue, which are all absolutely fine. Except that doesn’t mean you should feel free to leave all your garbage laying about when you decide to go back home.

Be responsible and clean up your trash, replace any pool furniture that you might have moved from its original location, and wipe down any chairs you might have used that are still wet.

  1. Make sure children are adequately “prepared” or dressed for the pool.

Children (and yes even adults) have the occasional accident, which is why you need to be diligent as a parent and ensure that your child isn’t relieving themselves in the pool.

You can help in this area by placing your child in the proper swimwear and bathroom protection if they haven’t quite mastered the potty yet. Additionally, avoid changing your child out in the open. Take them back to your apartment and change their diaper/clothes as need be.

  1. Be appropriate.

This rule includes a number of items such as:

  • Dress appropriately – Remember that children and other adults will be in the pool area so swimwear should be adequate for the occasion.
  • Behave appropriately – Bad language (cursing), inappropriate and dangerous behavior, and even obscene public displays of affections should be avoided.
  • Appropriate hygiene – Be a courteous neighbor and pool user by taking care of your personal hygiene before stepping in the pool. Rinse yourself off before entering the pool and refrain from using hair products, beauty products, or any other items that might leave residue.

Make a splash with friends and family by renting at Santa Anna Apartment Homes.

If you’re ready to live in an apartment community that is cool even during the hottest summer days, then the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco are your next destination.

With our resort style pool, gorgeous walking paths, on-site gym, clubhouse, and entertainment zone, you’ll never want to leave our grounds.

Contact us today at (956) 678-4444 to find out about our move-in specials, availability, or to schedule a visit at our luxurious apartment homes in Weslaco.

5 Killer Tips for Moving During the Summer

School is out. The sun is shining bright. And apartment leases are expiring.

Summer is the most popular season for moving for a number of reasons including parents not wanting to move their children in the middle of the school year, better (albeit hotter) weather, apartment availability increasing, and much more.

However, you also have to deal with other people moving, more difficulty securing moving trucks and packers, and generally more people on the road because of summer vacation. Oh…and there’s also those sweltering hot days, especially here in the Rio Grande Valley and Weslaco area.

But don’t let the idea of moving put a damper on the sunny days you have ahead. We here at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco know there are plenty of things you can do to prepare for a summer move.

Consider the following 5 killer tips for moving this summer season.  

  1. Start your planning way in advance.

If moving during the summer is your only option, don’t wait until the last minute to start getting everything in place. While there are always things related to family, work, and friends that demand our time, a move can’t be thrown together overnight.

A good rule to follow is to start planning at least six weeks before your move. This will give the time to sort out all the details and increases your chances of being able to hire moving professionals.

Summer is the busy season for moving and fills up their schedules as well. You need to reserve their help early or risk getting stuck doing all the heavy lifting yourself.

  1. Aim for the days that will not be as busy.

Not only might it ruin the fun of a weekend summer getaway, but moving at the end of the week is sure to make the transition a busy affair. Your best bet is to pick a weekday in the middle of the month.

Enjoy the holidays and the ends of the month with your family and friends because it’s doubtful you’ll be able to accomplish a successful move on these days. At all costs, avoid Memorial Day weekend. This is the busiest time of the year and will definitely slow you down.

  1. Know how long it will take you to pack if you do it yourself.

If you are going to be boxing up your belongings on your own, the plan should be to do it a little bit at a time so that you aren’t in a rush the day before you need to be out of your current house/apartment/etc.

Unfortunately, things don’t always go smoothly, especially with jobs, children, and life’s surprises thrown in the mix. That’s why you need to be honest with yourself about whether you can handle packing on your own. The longer you wait to decide the harder it gets to hire help from a moving company.

  1. Keep things in the right place, the right way.

That summer sun is definitely something for everyone to enjoy but it can be a hazard to some of the things we own.

Certain items, like candles, can melt if packed in the back of a moving van. It is important to keep them with you while you move so they don’t damage your other possessions.

Leather is another thing that needs to be properly cared for when transporting. To protect it from scratches and tears, some people will wrap leather pieces in plastic, but this can cause them to “sweat”. It would be better to use some padded cushions while it moves from your old home to your new one.

  1. Staying cool is within your power.

Visiting a waterpark or a nice trip to the beach are great ways to beat the summer heat.

Moving, however, can quickly become sweaty business.

The best weapon you have against a scorching day is air conditioning. It is important that you have the A/C still connected both where you are moving from and to. This change in temperature while you work can go a long way for safety, energy, and morale.

Also, whoever your moving team is, professional or personal, keep them well hydrated. Having water and sports drinks on hand is a good idea for taking care of and thanking those helping you move.

Make this summer one to remember with a move to Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco.

We here at Santa Anna Apartment Homes know that summer is the time that many people look forward to so they can relax and enjoy some downtime.

While moving may not necessarily be at the top of that list, the good news is that there is a lot that everyone can do to make moving into a new home go smoothly and quickly.

And once you finally do make it to your luxurious new home at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, treat yourself (and your helpers) to a nice cool dip in our resort-style pool and some good ol’ summer bbq at your very own outdoor cabana and grill.  
If you have any more questions about simplifying your move, then contact us at today (956) 678-4444 and let us help you find the answers you need.

8 Cool Tips to Keep Your Apartment Fresh During Spring

Spring has definitely arrived in the Rio Grande Valley (which means summer isn’t too far away—yikes!).

Of course, springtime elsewhere usually means gentle breezes and cooling rains. Except this is South Texas and our spring is a bit warmer to say the least.

No need to worry though. The luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco have just what you need to stay fresh. With our refreshing resort-style pool, 24-hour on-site gym, and charming outdoor cabana and outdoor grills, you’ll stay cool as a cucumber.

We also have 8 chilling tips to keep your apartment nice and chilly this spring.

  1. Fans are your friends.

Portable fans are great at giving your room an extra boost of breeziness. The same goes for ceiling fans; while they are only intended to provide cool air directly below them, ceiling fans work great at keeping a room cool—especially at night.

Rather than turning down your A/C to 70 degree and sending your electricity costs soaring, purchase a few portable fans and place them around your apartment as necessary. (They even help to circulate the already-cooled air in your pad.)

  1. It’s okay to be a bit of a vampire.

Yes, it’s nice to have a little sun shining into your room on a gorgeous spring day. Except you’re letting in the sun’s heat.

Consider closing blinds and curtains during the day—especially during peak hours (noon till late evening). This is especially true if you’re at work all day, as you can’t even enjoy the light coming in and you’re just making your apartment hotter. Once you get home in the late afternoon, open up those blinds and bit or crack a window to let some breeze in.

  1. A little furniture feng shui.

The layout of your furniture should not block the flow of cool air coming out of your A/C vents. Consider what is directly underneath the vent and how you can arrange your apartment to get the best cooling effect possible.

  1. No need to dress to impress.

It’s your apartment right? Why are you in long sleeve with khakis on then? One of the benefits of having your own apartment is that you can wear what you want to wear when you want to. That means enjoying the day in your favorite dress down outfit that will not only keep you comfy but nice and cool too.

Plus, you don’t have to keep bumping down the A/C in hopes of making the apartment cooler.

  1. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are your friend.

Incandescent lights are known to generate a sizable amount of heat (and require more electricity to run). A quick and effective way to fix this issue is to replace all those old standard bulbs in your apartment with compact fluorescent lights or LED bulbs to use less energy and cause less heat while still producing the same amount of light.

And don’t forget to turn off the lights when not in use.

  1. Turn off electronics that give off heat.

You might not realize it but computers, televisions, appliances like microwaves, and other electronics all give off heat. (Ever felt the warmth coming off a phone charger?)

If you are really looking for a way to cool down your apartment, then consider turning off and unplugging all electronics that aren’t being used. You’ll actually save on your electricity bill and cool down your place. It’s a win-win.

  1. A little barbecue sounds good.

On especially hot days, you might consider doing a little grilling outside. It’ll help to reduce the heat you are creating indoors from cooking, which can be quite a bit with multiple burners running.

If you’re not much of a griller then consider the following tips when cooking indoors:

  • Use the range vent to reduce hot air.
  • Cover pots to stop humidity from spreading all over.
  • Instead of opening the oven door to check food, turn on the oven light and look through the glass.
  1. Don’t forget to change your air conditioner filter.

During spring and summer time, when your A/C is running at full throttle, it’s a good a idea to purchase an air filter every month. Because of the amount you’re using it, the filter will get dirtier faster and let less air come through.

A brand new air filter runs better, saving energy and letting air flow throughout the apartment much more effectively.

Be the coolest person your friends know by staying with us at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco.

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7 Perfect Spring Flowers and Plants for Your Apartment

Spring is a beautiful season. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the Great Outdoors in the Rio Grande Valley and to immerse yourself in the serenity that is nature.

While living in an apartment can be an amazing adventure, it doesn’t always offer you the benefits of a backyard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Great Outdoors in.

Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast, or simply want to enliven your decor, placing flowers and plants throughout your apartment can help to make it feel more alive and purify the air. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Dr. Greenthumb to enjoy these perfect spring flowers that can spruce up your apartment.

With only a little space, a bit of access to natural light, and the occasional watering, these 7 flowers and plants will make make you feel like you’re in the Amazon Rainforest (or not).

  1. Peace Lily
  2. A traditional favorite, the peace lily is recognized for its air cleaning qualities, resiliency, and easy handling. A native of tropic regions, peace lilies can thrive in the humidity offered by deep South Texas and produce a beautiful white flower during blooming season. Only requiring a small amount of light and the occasional watering, the peace lily makes for the ideal indoor (and outdoor) house plant.

    1. Bamboo

    Technically a grass, bamboo is an aesthetically pleasing plant that requires very little attention. In fact, the bamboo actually does best in the shade or when receiving indirect sunlight. It’s also recommended that you use purified water rather than tap water, as water from the faucet contains chlorine that can cause the leaves to turn brown.

    1. Violas

    While their optimal blooming period is in spring, violas can be gardened to delay until summer, depending on your preference. Violas are a large family of close to 600 different species that range in color and size, and are well known as relatively easy plants to take care of. They are known to have a good tolerance to sunlight, though not necessarily heat, so it’s best to keep these pansies on a windowsill in your apartment.

    1. Orchid

    A colorful and fragrant flower, orchids make ideal plants for apartment dwellers in the Rio Grande Valley. Benefiting from high humidity, strong light, and a low need for watering, orchids make the perfect indoors plant. Just remember that after a decent watering, they require an excellent drainage. Too much water can actually cause the plant to rot, so make sure to give them the opportunity to let that excess water evaporate.

    1. Spider Plant

    The spider plant makes the perfect indoors companion. Like the other plants on our list, the spider plant requires minimal maintenance while still offering a tantalizing option that not only looks great, but helps to increase air quality in your apartment. The spider plant benefits from its roots being confined to tight spaces and can be placed in plant hangers to give them the appearance from which their name derives.

    1. Lantanas

    Gorgeously colored and absolutely attractive to butterflies, lantanas make the perfect patio or balcony flower. Lantanas love the warm sun and grow abundantly in tropical weather. Even better, the plants require little watering and are tolerant to relatively dry conditions (watering once a week should be good). Just remember that they need good drainage to really be happy. These fragrant and brightly colored flowers will definitely attract butterflies and cute little insects. Plus, it makes your balcony pop!

    1. Zinnias

    The perfect flower for beginners, zinnias are charming and very easy to grow. Coming in a wide variety of colors—everything from white to purple—zinnias grow wonderfully in Texas as they love lots of sun. While they’ll require a little more watering than the previously mentioned plants, they grow perfectly fine in containers and hanging flower baskets. Zinnias are another wonderful flower that can be placed on your balcony or patio to enhance its appeal and will even bring in birds and butterflies to enjoy its sweet allure.

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10 Tips for Decluttering Your Apartment

Do you have a habit of purchasing all the cute, little knick-knacks you run across? If you can’t help but take those small (and big) items every chance you get, the odds are that you’ve probably built up quite a bit of clutter at home.

Apartment living can be a beautiful experience. For instance, if you rent at Santa Anna Apartment Homes, you have access to a resort-style pool, an on-site gym, a clubhouse and entertainment zone, and much, much more. But a messy apartment can add to your stress and frustration.

After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is come home to a whirlwind of a living space. That’s why decluttering your apartment is important in keeping a relaxing and soothing environment. While decluttering your apartment may seem like an insurmountable task, the truth is that there are quite a few steps you can take slowly (but surely) to ensure you get the job done.

Consider the following tips to find the space and tranquility you’ve been looking for:

  1. Small steps each day. Your first impulse may be to try and get everything done in one day. Don’t! Instead of trying to set aside an entire day to organize, try find 10–15 minutes at time to focus on small spaces or projects. If you really want to dig into decluttering, then aim for 2 or 3 hours, anything more will burn you out and make you less efficient. Doing a little bit at a time will help to keep you motivated!
  2. Get rid of it. Collecting things and not being willing to get rid of them is pretty much the reason we get to this point. It’s important to recognize what you really use and what things you are keeping just for the sake of keeping. Papers piling up? Shred them. Old items you don’t use but still have value? Give them away to a charity like Goodwill. Unused furniture just taking up space? Give them to a friend in need. Challenge yourself to give away the things you truly do not need or use and be surprised by how much space you’ll find.
  3. Get it done—completely. Often times, we’ll do a great job of sorting out items and bagging them to get rid of. Except when it comes to actually dropping off those bags, we might tend to keep them for longer than we’re supposed to. If you’ve spent a couple of hours putting together items to donate, don’t leave the task undone. Do the “delivery” at that moment. Actually finishing the process is going to make a real difference.
  4. Keep, donate, recycle, or throw away. Getting into the groove of decluttering means taking stock of what you have. Again, you don’t have to worry about getting everything done in one day, but take an hour or so on Saturday to look underneath kitchen sink and sort through all those cleaning supplies. Empty? Throw it away or recycle? Need a spray bottle for your cleaner? Reuse. The idea is to separate items into their various categories and then take the necessary steps to keep, donate, recycle, etc.
  5. You don’t make space by buying more things. You might be tempted to go out and buy some beautiful storage containers for all that junk you have. That’s not a good idea. Buying a bunch of containers without a clear understanding of what you need them for is just going to end up causing you to have a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home again. Clean out first, and then consider how many you actually need, and start from there.
  6. Time for round two. If you’ve already done a round of keeping, throwing away, donating, etc., then the next step is going to be a second round of eliminations. This one can be a bit more challenging for those of us unwilling to separate with sentimental items. But as much it pains us, we have to be honest with the “value” of these items. Consider their purpose, if you actually use them, and whether or not they truly hold any sentimental value anymore. Let go of those things that don’t bring you any joy—like a report card from second grade—and free up some storage space by getting rid of these items (but it’s okay to keep a prized item or two).
  7. Put it where it belongs. For items that you are going to keep, make sure to place them where they belong. For instance, have a spot for your bills or car keys and continually use that exact space. This is going to look different for everyone else, but it’s going to help you maintain a sense of organization. For instance, you don’t want all of your paperwork spread throughout your house, and having a specific place for all your items will keep things clean and make it easier for you to locate.
  8. Realistic goals. You’ve probably seen immaculately organized rooms in magazines or watched a few minutes of those tv shows where a professional organizer comes in a makes a house look absolutely perfect. If you haven’t guessed by now, those images are created by behind-the-scenes- crews to look breath taking…but they aren’t real. If that level of organization looks unbelievable, it’s because it isn’t a real world apartment. Your goal should be go get things clean, organized, and functional for your needs—don’t worry about making things perfect (it won’t happen).
  9. Keep the ball rolling. After you’ve completed the decluttering of your apartment, you’ll want to maintain that level of neatness. You can do so by always keeping an eye out for items that are out of place. When moving from room to room, try to spot items that need to be moved and take them with you. Eventually this will become second nature and you won’t have to worry about spending so much time cleaning up so much because you’ll be doing it little by little.
  10. Don’t turn back to your old ways. If you got this far in decluttering your apartment, the last thing you’ll want to do is to bring in a bunch of brand new stuff. To avoid “re-cluttering” live by the one in, one out rule. When you bring home something new, get rid of something you already have. This will make you more conscious of your purchases and whether or not you really need them.

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Turn Your Apartment Balcony into a Wonderland

While apartment living doesn’t always offer you the space of a large backyard, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the pleasures of a little sunshine and bright blue sky. When you’re looking for a little extra oomph to spice up your apartment, your balcony is an excellent place to find that change.

That’s right. Your balcony can do a lot of things – from acting as a cute garden to providing you the perfect atmosphere for those personal parties amongst a handful of friends – there’s definitely more than meets the eye.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we understand that our residents aren’t just looking for an apartment, they’re looking for a lifestyle that offers them the opportunity to express their uniqueness. That’s why our luxurious apartment homes – with their gorgeous sundecks – are the perfect canvas for your creativity.

Wondering how you can turn your balcony into a awesome wonderland? Consider the following ideas:

Hanging Out

After a long day of work, you probably just want to get home, kick off your shoes, and hangout. Well, turn your outdoor balcony into your own personal sanctuary with a hammock. They work great for smaller balconies where a table and chairs just won’t fit.

Want to add a little more spice to the scene? Consider putting up some string lights and a small piece of wicker furniture to complete the ambiance. You’ll be the envy of the entire apartment complex.

Don’t Lose Your Greenthumb

Just because you don’t have a backyard doesn’t mean that you have to give up your passion for gardening. Instead of spending your weekends at the local grocery stores loading up on produce, why not create your own small garden with some of your favorite veggies.

Before you think it might be too hard to accomplish, be aware that there are a number of DIY wall planters that make it amazingly easy to garden on your balcony. Once you’ve gotten everything started, maintaining your beautiful balcony garden will be a cinch, and in no time you’ll be having delectable greens and chili peppers straight from your own personal treasure trove.

Saving the World One Balcony at a Time

If there’s one thing we have plenty of in Weslaco, it’s sunshine. Yes indeed, south Texas is known for its tropical weather and sunny days. Why not take advantage of all that sun your balcony will be bathing in and get yourself a portable solar panel.

There’s definitely plenty of reason to get excited about solar power, but if you’re looking for an immediate reward, consider all the free energy you can be getting from the sun. While you will have to shell out a couple of dollars to purchase a portable solar panel, it’ll pay for itself by charging your phone, computer, tablet, and small appliances with free, renewable energy. Most come with USB connections and outlets so you can plug your devices right in.

Your Own Personal Garden

Just like growing your own veggies, there’s nothing quite like setting up a small wall garden to enjoy the beauty of nature in the comfort of your own home. Plus, with plenty of sunshine in the RGV, your balcony is sure to grow a number of flowers that only depend on your preferences.

If you want to liven things up, consider using soft drink cans, old buckets, toy trays, and glass jars to plant those saplings. Add a couple of bird houses or earthen miniatures to spruce up the decor.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, the possibilities are endless.

If you’re tired of the same old apartments that claim to cater to your passion for life, but still always fall short, then Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect solution to get away from those drab places.

With our resort style pool, gorgeous walking paths, on-site gym, clubhouse and entertainment zone, you’ll never want to leave our grounds. But that’s only if you make it out of your apartment with its fully furnished kitchen, spa inspired baths, and private balcony patios.

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