12 Tips for Being a Great Apartment Neighbor

Just like everything else in life, apartment living requires a little courtesy. A bit of civility will go a long way in making your apartment experience that much better and will help you develop pleasant relationships with all your neighbors. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you are on good terms with your neighbors is priceless.

Being a great neighbor at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco is a breeze. With our resort style pool, clubhouse and entertainment zone, on-site gym, and planned resident activities, you’re sure to fall in love with the apartment community. In fact, we think it’s a little tough to be rude when you’re living in such blissful luxury.

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But if you want to be the greatest neighbor that you can be, consider the following 12 tips for excellent apartment etiquette:

  • Acknowledge neighbors that say hi to you. You don’t have to be creepy or annoying, but a quick smile and a wave of the hand can do wonders. And don’t forget to be courteous to property management and employees as well. It can seem quite rude to ignore someone who offers a brief hello, so don’t leave anybody thinking that about you.
  • Watch the volume. Nobody’s perfect and sometimes music, family, or daily activities can get to be quite loud. But it is important to be mindful about the amount of noise that you are making, especially in an apartment building where your neighbors literally live right across the wall. Be particularly considerate in the early mornings and late at night.
  • Don’t forget about the kids. Parents know that children can be a handful, running and jumping through the house all day long, but in an apartment, all that banging can be bothersome to a neighbor. Consider practicing “quiet time” rules with your little ones, especially once the sun goes down. If they’re aching to burn some energy take them to the community playground or a local park close by.
  • Oh…and remember Max too. You may love dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your neighbor does. Make sure your dog isn’t barking all day and night. Also, don’t forget to clean up after Fido when you take him outside for his daily walk. Our Bark Park at Santa Anna Apartment Homes is a favorite for pooches.
  • Head’s up! If you’re going have a get-together, be a thoughtful neighbor and let those around you know. If you have a great relationship with any of them, you might as well invite them over. Just be sure to keep down the noise once it gets dark.
  • And don’t forget to clean up. If you’re planning on using the community grill for your get-together, then don’t forget to clean up your trash and make sure the charcoal is completely out.
  • Speaking of trash. While it may seem a little odd, don’t forget about dumpster etiquette. Make sure your trash bags are secured and aren’t leaking as you walk them to the community dumpster. A leaking bag can leave odors and stains that no one will find pleasant.
  • Be a good neighbor in the parking lot too. Don’t forget to show courtesy in the parking lot; that means respecting reserved parking spaces, driving slowly and carefully, avoiding excessive honking, or “peeling out”. This rule is especially vital as small children may be playing in the parking lot, and you don’t want to be the cause of an unfortunate accident because you were speeding behind the wheel.
  • Don’t be washer/dryer hog. If you are using the community laundromat, then keep an eye on the washer or dryer you are using. You don’t want to leave your clothes in them all day, especially because others might need to take care of their laundry as well. Also, avoid drying clothes (and under garments) outside on your balcony. There are inexpensive drying racks that you can use indoors in the privacy of your own home.
  • Don’t forget about the pool rules. While the pool can be a ton of fun, it’s also important to abide by a few rules to avoid annoying (or hurting) any one. Make sure to rinse off before diving in the pool so you don’t jump in sweaty and dirty, keep music low, avoid being excessively loud if you’re having conversations, and don’t run around the pool, as you can accidentally injure someone. Also, because most pools aren’t very deep, avoid “diving”. You’ll probably splash others that aren’t interested in that, and you can hurt yourself as well. Don’t forget kids will usually be around so behave yourself.
  • Know your friends. We all have that one friend that is a little “louder”, to say the least. If they have a habit of honking everywhere they go, being excessively brassy, or you know them to be a bit of a daredevil, maybe having them over isn’t such a great idea. You don’t want management to talk to you about the rules and policies.
  • Enjoy your sports. Just not in the apartment complex. A game of football is an awesome way to spend the weekend with some friends, just not in the minimal space provided by your apartment complex, or in the parking lot. That also goes for skateboarding, or any other sorts of activities that require quite a bit of space.
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Come be a great neighbor at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes of Weslaco.

Or even better…come have great neighbors at Santa Anna Apartment Homes. With our outdoor cabana with fireplace, community grills, resort style pool, and pet friendly environment, you’re sure to have a blast meeting new people with similar (and different) interests.

If you’re interested in living at one of the premier apartments in Weslaco (or the RGV for that matter), then contact Santa Anna Apartment Homes management today.

New Year: New Luxury Apartment

10 Tips to Make Moving to Santa Anna Apartment Homes Easier

The holiday season is completely underway and the New Year is just around the corner. If you’ve been looking to move at the start of the New Year, but just can’t seem to find that luxury apartment you’ve been searching for, then look no further than Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, Texas.

Our amazing community offers residents a resort style pool, clubhouse, on-site gym, a bark park, 24-hour maintenance, outdoor cabana and grills, garages, and plus our prime location means we’re near dining and entertainment areas, schools, and Expressway 83.

So whether you’re moving in from just across the street, or the other side of the country, consider the following 10 tips to minimize the stress of leaving one home for another.

  • Make plans in advance.
    Plan in advance whether you’ll be having friends or hired professional help you with the move. Even if you plan on doing it all by yourself, you’ll likely need a moving truck, which means you still have to make some arrangements. Whatever you decide to do, give yourself plenty of planning time in case any inconveniences pop up.
  • Start packing early.
    Don’t wait until the last moment to pack. Start as early as possible with small, unused items and save “must-have” items until the end.
  • Have a garage sale.
    Moving provides a great opportunity to get rid of all that “junk” and unused items you’ve been collecting. Have a garage sale, put items up on EBay or Craig’s List, and donate to charities such as Goodwill. You’ll end up with less to move and some extra cash.
  • Mark your boxes.
    This is a huge time saving tip. Mark every box with their destination and put all items related in the box together. For example, put all your kitchen items together, your living room items, and bedroom items together, then mark them accordingly.
  • Use old clothes to wrap fragile items.
    Bubble wrap can get to be very expensive. Instead, consider using some old clothes to wrap around dishes and other breakable items.
  • Boxes shouldn’t shift.
    Make sure that each box is packed solid and that no items are rattling around inside. If items are shifting inside, this could lead to something fragile breaking. You’ll also want to ensure that boxes are properly sealed and nothing is left open. A sudden stop can send valuables hurling around in your moving van.
  • Don’t throw out the hardware.
    When you start taking down items like curtains, shelves, and TV wall mounts, you’ll want to keep all those brackets, clamps, screws, and other hardware safe for when you put them back up in your new place. Keep all of these small items safe in plastic ziploc bags and identify their use with a permanent marker.
  • Vacuum seal clothing.
    Consider buying vacuum seal packs for your clothes. This will help to clear out all of that extra space in between clothes, which means fewer boxes to transport.
  • Keep important papers on you.
    This tip is especially important if you’re moving across country. Place all of your legal documents, contracts, passports, etc., in a single envelope and carry those on you.
  • Take pictures of your apartments.
    Take good pictures of your old apartment before you leave in case of security deposit disputes. You’ll also want to take pictures of your new apartment before you move in for the same purpose.

Are you ready to start your New Year off with a bang? Well then, start your packing, because Santa Anna Apartment Homes currently has only 8 units left.

If you’re ready to settle into the premier luxury apartments of Weslaco, then contact us today at (956) 678-4444.

Live here. Play here. Relax here.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment

The start of the new year is the perfect opportunity to make some positive changes in your life.

If you’ve been yearning to make a move, but just haven’t found that apartment that has what you need, then consider the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco to start the year off with a bang. With a great centralized location near Expressway 83 close to shopping and entertainment, 2017 is going to be one for the books.

Alongside a move, consider the following 7 resolutions to make your apartment your sanctuary.

  • Take advantage of your kitchen. While eating out is often the easier option, it isn’t necessarily the healthiest. This new year, consider cooking more and taking out less. Not only does this have the potential to save you money, improve your healthy eating options, but it can also help you to unwind after a long day at work. So turn on some tunes and sautee some mushrooms for a deliciously relaxing meal.
  • Decor – expect the unexpected. We all have our own taste. Some of us may like the minimalist approach while others may prefer all things vintage. And while it’s natural to want to keep things “as is”, a little change now and then is always good to liven up the spirit. If you’re on a budget, try rearranging furniture to give yourself extra space, or visit a second-hand store to find items you might be able to repurpose. Whether you decide to go with a big overhaul or a little change, a variation in decor will help to keep your apartment (and your mind) fresh for the New Year.
  • Live healthy. Undoubtedly, many of us have made this same resolution year after year. We’re going to eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise more frequently. Let Santa Anna Apartment Homes help you reach your goal this year. With our on-site resort style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and numerous walking paths, you’ll be shedding those pounds in no time. Plus, the convenience of having all these amenities at your fingertips means you’re saving money on gym memberships. You can also cut out expenses like take out (our first resolution) and use all that extra cash to enjoy a night out on the town.
  • Organize your apartment. The truth is that a messy apartment can leave us feeling frustrated, trapped, and just down right cluttered. A very simple resolution to positively affect your energy is to organize your apartment. Start by getting rid of all those items you haven’t used in a year (consider donating them or putting them up on a website like Ebay). Next, do a thorough cleaning of your apartment and get rid of any clutter you have on top of countertops. Last, but not least, organize your belongings in categories that work well for you.
  • Repurpose old items. A part of organizing is being truthful with yourself and recognizing items you’re never going to use again. Still have your favorite t-shirt from high school? If it’s too old to donate, consider cutting it up and using it as a cleaning rag. Look through your items that are just gathering dust and see if you can recycle them for a better purpose other than just being in your closet. This simple resolution can help to build a healthy habit of knowing what to get rid of and when.
  • Be a good neighbor. In today’s world, it can be quite easy to go sometime without getting to know those who live closest to us, but the reality is that getting to know them can have some actual benefits. Besides just being a common courtesy, it can also help to build a trust that can come in handy when we head out on vacation or leave the apartment alone for weeks at a time. While opening yourself up to new people can be a bit daunting, a little effort can really go a long way to building a community.

Live life to the fullest in 2017 at Santa Anna Apartment Homes!

Our last resolution can easily be fulfilled when living at upscale Santa Anna Apartment Homes. When living at an apartment, you don’t have to worry about spending your weekends maintaining your house and yard. Instead, you can use all those hours you would normally spend slaving away at boring household chores by getting out and seeing what the Rio Grande Valley has to offer.

From South Padre Island, to the Gladys Porter Zoo, all the way back to McAllen’s new Performing Arts Center, you never know what sort of exciting adventure you’ll get into. And with easy access to Expressway 83, Santa Anna Apartment Homes is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from all the action.

So if you’re ready to have a change and experiences like no other, contact Santa Anna Apartment Homes today at (956) 678-4444.

8 Plants that will Thrive in Your Apartment

As convenient as apartment living can be, it’s all too easy to find yourself feeling like you might be missing out on some of the perks that homeowners enjoy. While it’s easy to give into these myths, at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we beg to differ.

Contrary to public opinion, when armed with a creative mind and the Pinterest app on your smart phone, you open up a whole new world of possibilities! Even if a self-sustaining apartment garden isn’t necessarily your thing, there’s no time like the present to get your creative juices flowing and embrace all the potential your luxury apartment home has to offer.

Of course, if you’re in need of a little inspiration, it’s important to start small.

When it comes to apartment decor, one of the best ways to make your special space feel more like home is through the addition of plants. While you might be quick to assume that there’s no way a plant could survive on your watch, we’d like you dismiss that notion and try and dig a little deeper.

Between crazy schedules and the need for sleep, we understand why you might doubt your ability to keep a plant alive. Luckily for you, we did a little Pinterest-surfing of our own and discovered something that just might change your mind.

To add a little color to your life, check out our list of the top 8 plants that will thrive in your apartment (whether you have the time for them or not):

1. Cacti

It seems as though everyone is jumping on the succulent bandwagon lately, but if you really think about it, it’s quite understandable. From monthly watering to their love of sunny spots, caring for cacti is so low-maintenance you could have an army of them thriving on your windowsill no matter how busy you are.

2. Snake Plant

Perfect for those of you who are fans of architecture, the snake plant resembles tall, thin grass. What’s best about them is that they thrive with or without sunlight. And to make things even more low-key, they only need to be watered every few weeks.

3. Ponytail Palm

If you’re a fan of palm trees, this one is sure to make all your aesthetic dreams come true. Resembling mini-palm trees, the ponytail palm is the perfect plant to add a layer of interest to your shelves or kitchen area. On the plus side, they require only a little water as well.

4. Bromeliad

Despite their unorthodox name, the bromeliad plant has definitely got it going on in terms of interior design. Unlike the other apartment-friendly plants, this one adds a perfect pop of muted color. You’ll know exactly when they need water (hint: only when the soil looks extremely dry).

5. Fig Tree

In case you’re worried about something that’s pet-friendly, we’ve got something up our sleeve for that too! The fig tree makes a bold statement with it’s large and lush leaves, and luckily, they’re far out of your dog’s reach. They require bright light and need to be watered regularly.

6. Jade

If you’re a lover of modern apartment decor, the jade plant might just be the perfect finishing touch for your pad. To keep it beautiful, it does need a lot of TLC. Make sure to give it direct sunlight.

7. Aloe

For those of you who are all about that au naturale lifestyle, you’re definitely going to want to pay attention to this one. In addition to its striking appearance, the aloe plant can be used in home remedies ranging from treating household burns to banishing pesky pimples. It requires minimal sunlight and must be watered regularly.

8. Orchid

Now this is the perfect plant for just about anybody. Contrary to what most people think, the beautiful orchid can actually flourish in an apartment. It blooms a few times a year, but like all good things, it requires a substantial chunk of your attention. If you want to add an orchid to your apartment home, make sure to give it access to lots of sunlight and water it daily.

Instead of dwelling on the myths that surround apartment homes, it’s important to celebrate all the perks that coincide with apartment living instead! At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, it is our greatest hope for you and your family to feel comfortable in your space. If you’re feeling inspired, hightail it to the nearest Home Depot and transform your unit into a special place that’ll feel like home!

5 Ways to Transform Mom’s Apartment Bathroom into a Spa Oasis this Mother’s Day

It’s time to mark your calendars and get that creativity flowing because we are officially entering “Parent Appreciation Season.” So, what exactly is this and what does it mean for you?

Essentially, both Mother’s and Father’s Day are creeping up on us faster than ever. First up this week is Mother’s Day. So, jump on it, there’s no time like the present to make Mom feel special!

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we know that shopping for mom can be quite the challenge. So many gifts feel like a cliche…. flowers, jewelry, perfume, gift certificates…. it’s all been done!  Plus, it’s hard to pick out just the right thing without multiple trips to the mall. If you find yourself feeling frustrated and hopeless, we’d like you to know that you are not alone. While materialistic gifts may put a smile on your mom’s face, there’s no denying the impact a more personal present has. If you’re not a DIY person, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This Mother’s Day get a little inspiration from one of mom’s favorite pastimes (hint: it’s going to the spa) and transform her apartment restroom into a spa oasis!

If such a task seems impossible, we beg to differ. When it comes to the potential of apartments, the possibilities are endless if you allow them to take flight.

Here are 5 ways you can transform your mom’s apartment restroom into a relaxing spa-like destination:

Enclose it!

The main purpose of a spa-like experience is to break away from reality and have a few moments to yourself to take a breather. Honestly, this might be the best gift you can give mom this Mother’s Day.

To make her feel like she’s in a five-star spa, it’s important to create somewhat of a ‘barrier’ to make her feel like she’s in a faraway place. Shut the door, literally. Then, craft a second barrier by placing a decorative curtain over the door or putting some tropical plants in the bathroom doorway. Really the idea is to simply separate her from the outside world. Get creative so mom can finally relax!

Presentation is everything

You’ve probably heard this before, but if you really want to transform mom’s apartment bathroom into a lust-worthy spa, you’ve got to think hard here. Rather than just purchasing relaxing spa treatments like bath salts and face masks, go big and strategically place them so she’ll feel as though she has an entire spa staff waiting to take care of her. Think chic containers and bath bombs galore!

Add that little something something

In order to really pull off the task of transforming mom’s apartment restroom, you’ve got to dig deeper. Think about her likes and add a little something extra that will surprise her! Surround her with some of there favorite things, a few ideas include freshly curated flowers, a fabulous mirror or maybe some intriguing art work. Really, the goal with this one is to add accents that will make her feel relaxed. Transport Mom to her happy place.

Clear it out

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but in order for mom to feel like she’s on a sweet escape, it’s important for you to set the mood. Clean and organize the bathroom so she’s not stressed by clutter. Clear the area of any distractions such as loud noises (this includes children/grandchildren—call a babysitter!). Make sure and put on some soothing spa tunes and ditch the fluorescent lighting for some sweet smelling candles. It’s the little things that count.

Softness is key

When you think about spas, you’re likely to think of fuzzy bathrobes, soft towels and comfy slippers fondly. Just because your mother’s spa experience is taking place in her apartment doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice these perks! Make sure that a soft robe, slippers and dreamy towels are in full abundance! These items are the perfect finishing touch for a luxe spa getaway.

This Mother’s Day, Santa Anna Apartment Homes encourages you to ditch the cliches and give Mom what she really wants… a little peaceful retreat! Moms have so much responsibility and their lives are a crazy, spontaneous whirlwind. There’s no better way to show your appreciation for everything that special woman in your life has done than by allowing her to unplug for a few precious moments.

Santa Anna Apartment Homes wishes all the Mom’s in Weslaco and all over the Rio Grande Valley a happy and joyous Mother’s Day.

5 Ways to Help the Environment While Living in an Apartment

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the metaphorical footprint you leave on Mother Earth and here in Weslaco, Texas. It’s no secret that we’re currently living in a society that’s cares deeply about the environment. From bans on plastic bag usage to handbags made out of recyclables, there’s so many ways to embrace a little eco-friendliness in your daily life.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, this Earth Day reminds us that the fate of our beautiful planet lies in our hands. If you think a couple of recycled coffee cups won’t make a difference, we urge you to change your perspective and see the waves small lifestyle changes can make.

There’s a common misconception out there that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is only possible in a home with a backyard. While it’s easy to believe this, we assure you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Within your comfy, luxury apartment home there is a world of change just waiting to happen!

This Earth Day, don’t listen to the hype! Instead, take a few pointers from us. We’ve scoured the web for 5 simple and sustainable ways you can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in your apartment home.

1. Upcycle!

If you’re a fan of fruits and veggies (let’s face it—everyone should be), then this one’s for you! If you’re tired of making your way through the supermarket multiple times a week, what if we told you that you could make fewer trips? Instead of tossing out your fruit and veggie scraps, upcycle them instead! From sweet potatoes to pineapple and ginger, the possibilities are endless when you regrow your food scraps! Now when you run out of onions, you can save on gas and head to your mini-garden instead. It doesn’t get more organic than that! Click here to learn more about upcycling your food scraps.

2. All year long

Although Earth Day is only 24 hours, the spirit of the cause should carry on all year round. From using non-toxic cleaning products to buying reusable water bottles and wrapping your water heater in an insulating jacket, there’s so many ways you can make apartment living a little easier on our Mother Earth. For a month-to-month game plan, click here.

3. In your control

Living in apartment, we know that not necessarily everything is in your hands and conserving energy can be a little trickier. Luckily, there’s still a lot you can do! Here in South Texas, we do have some cold fronts that come through during the winter. Here’s a tip for when that happens: cover your windows in plastic and use fans to distribute cold air. This can make a difference in your energy usage. Additionally, turn your thermostat down at night during the cooler months and open up your windows, when it’s not too hot, for some serious conservation. Take things to the next level and check out these tips as well.

4. So long, paper towels!

One of the easiest ways to live a more sustainable existence can be found in the simpler aspects of life. While some of us may swear by them and rely on them every single time we spill our coffee, there’s no denying the fact that paper towels are harmful to our environment. For that reason, it’s time to let them go and embrace something a little different.

Reusable cloths or old T-shirts are the solution to this growing problem. Instead of constantly emptying your wallet to purchase paper towels, investing in a set of 20 reusable cloths (or old clothes if you’re feeling extra thrifty) can make all the difference! Decrease your footprint on Mother Earth and save some extra cash with this game-changing tip.

5. DIY time

While some of us swear by Windex or live by Clorox, it’s important to understand the detrimental effects these harsh substances can have on the planet. Of course, there is something you can do about this. If you’re a lover of DIY projects, brace yourself!

The key to cleaning your apartment and preserving the integrity of the environment lies in common household products. Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom that needs a little scrub, there’s a DIY cleaner out there that’ll make it shine and sparkle like never before. With ingredients as simple as vinegar or Borax, cleaning might just be less of a drag. Click here for easy DIY cleaner recipes.

If you’re a diehard environmentalist or are simply looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, don’t let living in an apartment stop you! If these tips have inspired you, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how you can get the ball rolling on your conservation efforts.

On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we wish you a joyous Earth Day.

7 Low Impact, Quiet Exercises for Apartment Living

If you’re a heavy exerciser, chances are your workouts incorporate dynamic movements that, when done in a gym or studio, are considered the norm. But, when you’re short on time and a drive to the gym doesn’t fit your schedule, it’s great to whip out your workout mat and get your 30 minutes in at home. Living in an apartment space can make those home exercises difficult. You don’t want to be that noisy neighbor who pounds on the floors and walls unaware of all the ruckus they’re making.

Check out the Santa Anna Apartment Homes lifestyle and fitness amenities exclusively for residents. Just give us a call to schedule a tour of our living spaces and amenities at 956-678-4444.

Developing a low impact and quiet exercise routine can still help you slough off those calories while keeping your neighbors happy. These workouts offer a combination of cardio and strengthening motions that will burn calories, raise your heart rate, and leave you in a healthy sweat. Each exercise targets individual muscle groups and for a total body routine.

Set your own pace but watch out for form and flexibility. Focus on controlling your movements to maximize energy expenditure and minimize the risk of injury. So, lay out your mat, play your favorite energy-boosting music, and try these low impact exercises in your home:

Planks – One minute planks are great for toning your abdominal area by fully engaging your core. Opt for an up-down plank or a plank tuck with extension to increase your range of motion and caloric expenditure. For up-down planks, you’ll start in the traditional plank with elbows to the ground and your body fully extended. Use your arms to push yourself up, one arm at a time. Then bring yourself down to the regular plank position. Repeat this motion, and avoid swaying your torso too much. For plank tucks, start in a plank position with your hands to the floor. Tuck one leg in toward your arms then move into a reverse leg lift. Repeat one leg at a time. Try two sets of 10 reps each to get the most of these challenging planks.

Toe-Touch Crunch – Lie on your back with your legs pointing toward the ceiling and your arms extended above your head. Make sure not to overexert your back. Carefully swing your arms up to meet your toes. You should slightly lift your head, shoulders, and pelvis throughout this movement. You can place one hand behind your head for comfort. Try completing 15 to 20 toe-touch crunches.

Lunges – Lunges are a great strengthening exercise that focus on your hips and glutes. Try an elevated lunge and you’ll surely feel the burn. You won’t need expensive, bulky equipment for these. Simply grab a chair and place one foot on the seat behind you. Keeping your forward leg straight, bend it at the knee until you reach a lowered position that is comfortable for you. Low-lateral steps are also an effective way to boost toning potential. Rather than lunging forward or backward, you’ll move side to side. Do two sets of 10 reps each.

Modified Burpees – Burpees done in a closed living space with thin walls should be taken one step at a time. In these modified burpees, just tone down the energy. Focus on feeling the individual muscle groups through each movement. When you raise, do so slowly and one leg at a time. Try one set of 15 reps for this full-body exercise.

Squats – Squats are an effective lower-body workout but can get boring overtime. Add an arm hook to your squat routine for some excitement. Get into position and throw four hooks while twisting your torso slightly. Do four hooks in the squat position and four hooks in the extended position. Try for three sets of 10 reps each.

Triceps Extension – Your legs will welcome a break with this next exercise. Lay on your back with your knees folded. Using a dumbbell with a weight that is to your liking, raise one arm above your chest – that’s your starting position. Extend your arms without locking them in place. For one rep, your elbows should bend to about a 90 degree angle. Do this by lowering the dumbbells so that they are on either side of your head. Then lift them again. Do this for 15 to 20 reps.

Overhead Press – Show your biceps some love with this exercise. You’ll be in the standing position throughout, your legs should be shoulder-width apart. Using two dumbbells that are at a safe enough weight to lift over your head, lift your arms at the shoulders laterally. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle with the dumbbells in your palms facing forward. Raise your arms, extending your elbows until the weights are almost touching. Bring them back down. Keep your form in check and try to complete two sets of 12 each.

Feel free to wrap up this workout routine with five minutes of gentle stretching to relax your body and mind.

Apartment Amenities for Lifestyle and Fitness

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we value health and fitness. Our community offers a variety of amenities to suit all your lifestyle needs. An on-site gym means you can be as loud as you want while using top-notch exercise equipment. As a member of our apartment community, you will also have access to a resort style pool and beautiful walking paths that showcase the Rio Grande Valley’s greenery. Give us a call at 956-678-4444 to schedule a tour or for more information about the benefits of living in our Weslaco apartments.

7 Apartment Essentials for Your Move-In Day

If you’re moving into your new house or apartment, move-in day will be a rushed and messy ordeal. It’s best to be prepared with the basic necessities. These seven essentials include must-haves for various areas of your home as well as some things to ensure your comfort during the first few days.

Towels and Toiletries

Feeling stinky and sweaty after a hard day of work? You’ll be wanting easy access to towels and toiletries when you’re getting settled in your new place. Pack a bag or small box filled with your shampoos, soaps and bathroom towels to keep handy.


After a long day of moving and unpacking, you’ll want a comfortable mattress and fresh sheets to rest on. While the first few weeks of your move will be all about getting acquainted, never sacrifice your sleep time.

Emergency Kit

You never know when an accident will strike, so it’s wise to keep an emergency kit of first-aid basics. Keep a kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain killers and alcohol close by.

Tool Set

For small DIY projects, maintenance and repair tasks, and hanging portraits and shelves, you’ll want tools like a screwdriver, hammer and nails nearby.

Kitchen Utensils and Dishes

Whether you plan on cooking or ordering take-out for the first few days in your new home, you’ll need your kitchen utensils and plates around. You can eat on countertops and couches serving as makeshift tables, but spoons, forks and knives are a must.

Cleaning Supplies

With a few cleaning supplies at your disposal, you can spruce up the furniture as you unpack it. Keep your favorite cleaning tools around so you don’t add to the mess that may already be present from the moving process.

Something of Meaning

To make your new living space feel like home, set out something meaningful to you. This could be a family portrait, your favorite lounge chair or a household item that was gifted to you by a special someone.

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Moving into your new home is a big task to undertake, but you’re not alone with Santa Anna Apartment Homes by your side. We can help make the move to your new luxury apartment swift and easy. Just contact us today or call us at 956.678.4444 to learn about our layouts, amenities, and prices.

Decorating Tricks for Small Living Spaces

Apartment living comes with a host of exciting experiences, like learning to make the best of small living spaces. You may be one of the lucky ones with a spacious apartment, but for most apartment-dwellers, maximizing small spaces is a necessity. Check out these tips and tricks to make your small living space feel bigger than it really is.

Find the Right Lighting

Dim lighting and dark walls in a cramped space makes it feel smaller. Soften the lighting in a room for an expanded look. Light colors on the floor and walls will help open up a cramped space, and natural lighting will aid in accomplishing a fresh and bright look.

Add Depth

Use mirrors and metallic decorative pieces to add depth and brighten the room by reflecting light. Hanging curtains or setting carpets with vertical lines can also add depth to a room. This will help make a low ceiling feel taller or a small room feel longer.

Work Some Magic with Curtains

The right curtain in a small living space can work wonders, in a subtle way. Use curtains that are similar in color to the wall for an uninterrupted flow along the room. You can also set a curtain rod several inches above the actual window to draw the eyes up.

Down-Scale the Furniture

You won’t sacrifice the luxurious look by opting for smaller accent pieces. Using bulky or too much furniture in a small space is a surefire way to darken the area. Find minimalistic and multi-use furniture like acrylic coffee tables and storage ottomans to maximize your space.

Use Corners and Floating Storage

Place a lounge chair or a piece of greenery at the corners of your living space to distract from an ending point. Plants freshen up an area and add a bright pop of color while chairs and cushions serve as a small but comfortable reading nook.

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Santa Anna Apartment Homes offers luxury apartments that don’t compromise space or amenities. Check out our various floorplans to find a style that suits you most. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to speak with a staff member to find out how you can establish your new home with us.

Tips for Moving To Your New Apartment

Moving to a new apartment can be an exciting adventure for many. The prospect of having a new space to call your own and new amenities to enjoy are no doubt fun to think about, though the moving process is rarely part of the excitement. Moving all your belongings is a tiresome and lengthy ordeal, but there are tricks to make the move easier and less stressful.

Write a Master Plan

Before you do anything else, make a list of everything you have to do and how much time you have to get it done. This includes large furniture pieces you made need help with, purchasing moving items, things to giveaway, and other errands that must be completed within your moving period like managing your utilities. The master plan will serve as an organized guideline to ensure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.

Toss it. Donate it. Sell it.

It may be the most dreaded part of moving, but you should get rid of clutter early on. All those items you’ve had hidden in the back of your cabinets, drawers, and closets for ages need to once again see the light of day. As a rule of thumb, if you have not had a use for it in a year, then you don’t need it. Sort old clothes and equipment by what you can throw away, donate, and sell. This way you can focus on the things that you’ll need in your new home.

Gather the Right Moving Supplies

To save money on moving boxes, stop by your local Costco, Sams, or similar stores to ask for packaging boxes that will no longer be in use. If you’re planning on placing some of your items in storage, opt for plastic boxes and vacuum-packed bags. Finally, if you don’t have access to a large enough vehicle for moving, hire a moving truck or consider using moving containers in the process. Make sure to be fully packed and ready to go when they show up at your door step.

Pack Smartly

Protect fragile items by stacking them or using towels and clothing as cushion. Remember to number and label your boxes to keep track of your personal items and for easy unpacking. Then pack in layers with heavier items on the bottom. You’ll want to have access to essential items you’re likely to use first in your new home.

Cover Yourself

A smart mover will take pictures of their old apartment once everything has been moved out as well as pictures of their new apartments before everything has been moved in. This provides photographic evidence to both landlords in case of property damage or security deposit problems.

Take It Easy

The most important thing to remember when moving is to take it easy. Organize the moving process so it doesn’t affect your daily routine too much if you need to work or go to school. Take a few days off to get everything done with plenty of help from friends, family, or professional movers. Focus on enjoying your new apartment once you’re all settled in. Santa Anna Apartment Homes boasts a range of attractive amenities for those looking for luxury apartment living in Weslaco. With a staff offering premiere customer service, we’ll help make the moving process easier.