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5 Space-Saving Hacks for Your Apartment

District West Gables BedroomWhen you live at District West Gables, you know you have a good amount of storage. But, everyone wants to be more organized. There are plenty of ways to save some room and keep the clutter to a minimum in your apartment in West Miami.

Tips to Get You Started

No matter how many items you have, staying organized is the trick to living a clutter-free life. But, how can you do this? These hacks give you the help you need.

#1: Use Shelving Wisely

A few higher shelves can provide you room for many things. Instead of just stacking items, though, why not add a few drawers or a small cabinet here to store smaller items? You’ll gain twice as much space this way.

#2: Pull Outs Under the Bed

The space under your bed is prime storage space. Purchase a few rolling totes. Roll up socks or out-of-season clothing items and place them here. Or, place all of your mementos you do not need to have on hand in here. Use several to take advantage of your bed space.

#3: Add Storage to Your Coffee Table

The table in your living room doesn’t have to be a table itself. Use a stool with storage in it. It doubles as seating, too. Tuck a few blankets in here for easy access. You can also use shelves on your existing table wisely. Use a few dividers to keep items organized.

#4: Use Kitchen Cabinets Fully

Magnetic strips on the interior of cabinet doors are a great way to keep measuring cups or even spices in metal tins organized. Consider adding a few pull out containers for your cabinets. This is an easy way to get more use out of your cabinet space.

#5: Make Closets Work for You

Dividers and racks can help you to make better use of closets. You may wish to add more shelves and minimize hanging space if you want to maximize this space. The key here is to create a plan and keep everything in its place.

Looking for More Space?

Schedule a walk through with one of our team members at District West Gables to see our available apartments in West Miami.

Sweet Potatoes

4 Natural Pre-Workout Snacks

Sweet PotatoesBefore you do a workout, it’s important to make sure that your body has enough energy to handle it. Eating a pre-workout snack can help you make the most of your fitness regimen, but keep in mind that it’s better to avoid having processed snacks. Despite their convenience, these snacks don’t contain the healthiest ingredients for your body. Instead, consider having one or more of the following natural snacks before your workout.

Hard-Boiled Egg

A hard-boiled egg provides your body with a good dose of protein, which can help improve your workout. This snack is easy to make and quick to eat. If you want to add some flavor to your snack, skip the salt and have your hard-boiled egg with another source of protein on the side, such as a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Fruit and Nuts

Having some fruit prior to your workout, such as bananas, apples or oranges, provides your body with a boost of antioxidants and gives your muscles more fuel. Since your body digests fruits slowly thanks to their fiber content, you won’t have to worry about feeling hungry during your workout. Fruits also have water content to help you stay hydrated. Adding nuts to your fruit snack gives your body some extra fiber and protein as well.

Plain Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt with some blueberries or other fresh fruit added to it provides you with protein and enough sugar to fuel your workout. Avoid having flavored yogurts, which typically contain too much sugar. When you eat high-sugar foods before a workout, your body might crash instead of having enough energy to keep you going.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes give you a complex carbohydrate that your body slowly uses for energy throughout your workout. When you prepare them, avoid frying them in oil or butter, which gives you too much fat. Instead, bake them in the oven, and have them with some chicken or another healthy source of protein to add even more fuel to your workout.

Our community includes two world-class fitness studios with club-quality equipment, as well as two resort-style swimming pools. Please contact us to get more information on our apartments in West Miami, FL, such as our available floor plans and community amenities.

Beer Flight

How to Host a Beer Tasting in Your Apartment

Beer FlightDon’t miss the chance to enjoy a beer or two on National Beer Day which falls on Saturday, April 7 this year. Why not fully embrace the day by hosting an all-day beer tasting at your home? It is not as difficult as you may think.

How to Host an At-Home Beer Tasting

Know Who is Coming

Making the guest list is the most important part of organizing a beer tasting. The people you invite will influence the entire feel of the event. While you should aim to invite people who appreciate great beer, you may want to stay away from beer experts if you are looking for a less educational and more fun experience.

Choose a Theme

While having a themed beer tasting is not essential, it sure adds to the fun. You may want to choose a fun theme like “Great Six Packs Under 10 Bucks” or a more serious one such as “Beers From the Best Local Brewers.” The choice is up to you. Depending on the theme and guest list, you may want to expand the theme to include food and decorations.

Get the Beer

There are two ways to go when it comes to stocking up on beer for your event. You can either purchase all the beer yourself or you can encourage your guests to bring their favorite beer which matches the theme. Asking your guests to bring their favorites is a great way to get to know new types of beer.

Decide on the Process

Are you going to have a formal tasting where all the guests sip a small sample of the same beer before discussing the flavor profile? Or are you going to have a more relaxed tasting where your guests can socialize, enjoy their beers and then choose their favorites at the end of the night?

Have Fun, but Keep an Eye on Your Guests

Make sure everyone is having fun. But it is also your responsibility to prevent your guests from drinking too much or driving home intoxicated so it is important to be alert.

Are you looking for apartments in West Miami, FL? District West Gables offers luxury apartments to suit your lifestyle. Call (305) 440-0472 to discover all that District West Gables has to offer.

Bowl of Hummus

Simple and Healthy Appetizer Recipes for Your Next Party

Bowl of HummusYou love hosting guests at your West Miami apartment but aren’t willing to sacrifice your diet. Not a problem — keep it healthy with these simple recipes:

The 4 Easiest and Healthiest Appetizers to Serve at Your Party

  • Veggies and garlic hummus. Hummus essentially consists of ground garbanzo beans. It’s easy — and inexpensive — to make yourself. Add one can of garbanzo beans, one clove of garlic, two tablespoons of olive or canola oil, and one-quarter cup of tahini to your blender or food processor. Include salt or pepper to taste. Blend until creamy and serve with your favorite veggies.
  • Guacamole and pretzel chips. Guac is delicious and packed with healthy fats. Begin by mashing two avocados. Add a diced tomato, two tablespoons of lime juice, half a teaspoon of garlic powder, and salt to taste. Chill for half an hour before serving with pretzel or pita chips.
  • Greek salad skewers. Change it up — serve veggie skewers instead of a traditional salad. Marinate twelve ounces of cubed feta cheese in a mix containing one-quarter cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice, a minced clove of garlic, and salt to taste. After tossing the cheese in this marinade, remove it and allow it to sit for fifteen minutes. Cut one cucumber into large cubes. Add a cheese cube, a cucumber cube, a cherry tomato, and a pitted kalamata olive to each skewer.
  • Skinny pigs in a blanket. Use turkey as a substitute for a healthier take on a childhood favorite. This recipe calls for twenty miniature turkey sausages and a can of low-fat crescent roll dough. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat listed on the can of dough. Unroll the dough and cut into twenty strips. Wrap one of these around each turkey sausage. Toss in garlic powder. Place the wrapped sausages on a baking sheet covered in foil, and bake for ten minutes or until golden brown.

A few simple swaps make it easy to follow your diet without feeling deprived. Don’t be afraid to experiment with healthy recipes.

Gourmet kitchens with granite counters make meal preparation a cinch at District West Gables. Contact us today to learn more about our floor plans and community amenities.

Clothes on Hangers

Times to Declutter Your Closet

Clothes on HangersMany people only clean out their closets when they’re moving or as part of a New Year’s resolution, but you should declutter your closets regularly. This allows you to get rid of clothes that don’t fit, or are never worn, uncomfortable or damaged or stained beyond repair. Major milestones in life offer the perfect opportunities to clear out those closets in our West Miami apartments. However, any time you have a closet full of clothes, but you can’t find anything to wear, it’s time to declutter.

Season Changes

Rotating heavy winter clothes for spring and summer fashions or vice versa is an ideal time to pare down your wardrobe. Although West Miami, Florida’s weather doesn’t change much through the seasons, you may be keeping too many bulky sweaters for those cooler winter nights. Each season, ask yourself whether you wore something the previous season. If the answer is no, you’re probably not going to wear it this season either.

Job Changes

If you start or stop working, change professions, increase or decrease your working hours or change from working at an office to working at home, your wardrobe likely needs a change. Make room for your professional attire or switch out unnecessary work clothes for more casual attire by decluttering your closet.

Life Changes

Getting married or moving in with a significant other often means sharing a closet. Take this opportunity to declutter and make way for a second wardrobe. Graduating from college and joining the workforce can also mean a wardrobe revamp.

Style Changes

If your tastes in clothes have drastically changed, but your wardrobe doesn’t reflect these changes, it’s time to ditch old outfits that are no longer you. Consider donating or selling the clothes you don’t wear anymore to make room for all the new styles and fashion trends you want to incorporate into your wardrobe!

Our apartments in West Miami, Florida, offer a variety of floor plans to fit your live/work lifestyle. Select floor plans include walk-in closets to make closet organization even easier. Call us at (305) 440-0472 or visit our office to learn which floor plans are available today!

Cleaning Sponges and Spray Bottle

DIY Green Cleaners

Cleaning Sponges and Spray BottleEngaging in green practices in everyday life can help sustain a healthy environment. And, toxic, chemical cleaners pose a unique risk to the planet. These are some DIY green cleaners that we hope our District West Gables community members in West Miami, Florida, enjoy.

DIY Citrus and Herb Surface Cleaners

This eco-friendly cleaner recipe can be created from common household food items with very little effort. In fact, making this all-natural household cleaner is more like weekend baking than product making. This spray takes about 10 minutes of your time when following these directions.

Gather the following materials:

  • Quart-sized Mason jars
  • Spray bottles
  • Lemons, oranges and limes
  • Fresh sage or mint
  • 4 cups of white vinegar

Fill the Mason jars halfway with citrus peels. Try separating them into lemon, orange and lime jars. This will give you three different smelling cleaners when you are done and an opportunity to choose a favorite next time around. Add a healthy amount of mint or sage to each jar. Pour the vinegar into a saucepan and heat until it is almost boiling.

Next, pour the vinegar into the jars and let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 24 hours. Letting the mix stand longer will allow the herbs to greatly infuse the liquid and become more aromatic. The citrus and herb scent tends to be more favorable than the vinegar smell.

Strain the liquid directly into the spray bottles and you are ready to clean with the fully green product. These citrus and herb cleaners work wonderfully on yoga mats, countertops and other hard surfaces.

DIY Green Window and Kitchen Cleaners

For those that suffer seasonal allergies and asthma, this DIY green cleaner provides a natural cleaning solution. First, gather the following ingredients.

  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ teaspoon all-natural liquid soap (Ecover or Dr. Bronner’s are suitable)
  • Spray bottles

Simply pour all of these ingredients directly into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Let the mix stand 5 minutes and shake well again before applying to your windows, glass or kitchen surfaces. Tough or caked-up surfaces may require the use of a scrub brush and a little elbow grease. Windows should be manageable with a squeegee or common paper towels to remove the dust and gunk.

By making and utilizing green cleaners you will be doing your part to safeguard the environmental health of the planet. An ocean begins with a single drop of water and the more people who do their part, the healthier our planet will remain.

We hope our District West Gables community members enjoy these DIY green cleaner suggestions. If you or a friend would like more information about our West Miami apartments, call us today.

Dog Outdoors

3 Fun Outdoor Activities for You and Fido

Dog OutdoorsFor those who live in our apartments in West Miami, you know that getting outdoors and having fun makes every day better. At District West Gables, many of our residents like to bring along their pet. But, what can you do outdoors with your favorite furry friend? Here are a few tips to help you spend more quality time outdoors with your pet.

#1: Go for a Hike

Take it easy on your pet. For dogs that like to go for a walk, why not go on a hike? You can do so at David T. Kennedy Park, South Dade Trail, and the North Trail Park. Any of these locations are the ideal place to bring your pet for a brisk walk outdoors. If you are planning to go for a hike for the first time, be sure to take it easy. This is important for any pet that has not spent much time hiking previously. And, be sure to bring along plenty of water. Make it fun for both of you, but relaxing at the same time.

#2: Head to the Beach Next

Some dogs simply love to spend time outdoors, but they also love the water. For those who also want to get into the water and play in the sand, remember that not all beaches allow dogs. Some do though, and these can be the ideal places to spend time with your pet. Check out South Pointe Park, Haulover Beach Park, and the Bark Beach located at North Shore Open Space Park. Be sure to keep your pet hydrated.

#3: Go Camping or Simply Spend Some Time Relaxing

Dogs are not picky. They just want to spend some time with you outdoors. A good option is to go for a jog, especially if your pet is fit. You can always play fetch in a bark park. Or, spend some time camping. Even an overnight trip can be a great opportunity for your pet.

Looking for a Place to Call Home With Your Dog?

At District West Gables, we welcome pets. Our team would be happy to talk to you about the available floor plans we offer at our apartments in West Miami. Give us a call to learn more about our availability.

Paintbrushes

5 Productive Hobbies to Try This Year

PaintbrushesAfter weeks of searching, you’ve found the perfect West Miami apartments. You can’t wait to move in. Once you do, you want to keep your productivity at a max to make the most of your time here in this beautiful city.

With these five hobbies, you’ll be sure to feel fulfilled every day you devote time to these productive activities.

1. Woodworking

Besides getting exercise with woodworking, you get to flex your creative muscle, too. During woodworking classes, you decide what you want to make, and then you make it happen. This is a hobby you can make money from, too, if you decide to sell your works. These also make awesome gifts for loved ones!

2. Knitting

Knitting isn’t just for grandmas. You’ll have to lay out your design, get the materials, and then stitch them accordingly, which keeps you busy. Once again, you can sell your creations or, at the very least, dress yourself and your friends and family.

3. Writing

Fiction or non-fiction, in a journal or on the computer, writing is another handy outlet for your creativity and productivity. You can write whatever you want to your heart’s content. Who knows? You could just pen the next great poetry collection or novel!

4. Painting

If you’re not as much of a wordsmith, then painting may be more up your alley. Take a blank canvas and make anything you want out of it, whether that’s very linear pieces or even fun, abstract art. Like many of these hobbies, you can sell your art, exhibit it, and maybe even someday be featured in a gallery.

5. Cooking

Yes, you cook to eat so you can eat to live, but cooking is about so much more than just the basics. It’s about marrying flavors together to create edible moments that bond you to your loved ones. Whether you prefer whipping up savory dishes or you’d rather bake, making food will keep you entertained.

You sure do have plenty of activities to choose from, but that’s just the beginning. At District West Gables, you have access to our community amenities, which include private cabanas and sun decks, catering kitchens, resident lounges, a world-class fitness studio, and resort-style swimming pools. Call today to learn more about our apartment community.

Dinner Party

How to Host a Stress-Free Dinner Party

Dinner PartyWhile dinner parties are a fantastically fun time for attendees, they’re not always quite so wonderful for the host. Many dinner party hosts find themselves worried about the many details involved in making a successful party, and as a result, they end up vowing never to have another dinner party. However, there’s good news: Dinner parties can be fun and stress-free for both you and your guests if you plan ahead. Read on to discover some top tips for hosting a wildly successful and enjoyable dinner party without stress in our apartments in West Miami.

Guest List: Creating the Right Atmosphere

When choosing the guests for your dinner party at our West Miami apartments, take care to choose people who get along. For example, if you have a couple of friends who are passionate with completely opposing views, it might be best to avoid having them over at the same time. Try to choose guests who already know each other, or at least who you feel sure would really get along. This isn’t the time to combine your wildest and most relaxed friends if you want to have low stress.

The Food: Don’t Take on Too Much

One of the worst (and most stressful) mistakes that you can make when planning a dinner party is getting too complicated with the food. Prepare only foods that you’ve made successfully many times before — serving proven crowd-pleasers allows you to relax and feel confident.

The Table Setting: Get it Done Early

Part of your dinner party ambiance is the table setting, but getting it just right may cause some serious stress if you wait until the last minute. Set the table the night before, getting all of the decorations and tableware looking just like you want. On the day of the dinner party, you won’t have to stress out about creating the perfect tablescape.

Looking for an Elegant Apartment Home for Your Future Dinner Parties?

District West Gables offers elegant apartment homes in West Miami. If you’re looking for a studio, one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment with spectacular amenities and classic elegance, contact us today to arrange a tour.

Red Hearts Cards

5 Always Entertaining Party Games

Red Hearts CardsWhen you have a party at your home, games can keep things lively and entertaining. Consider playing one or more of the following party games in your apartment during your next gathering.

Charades

This classic party game always provides plenty of amusement. You can form teams or have all of your guests play individually. One person at a time acts out a phrase, word, movie title, book title or TV show title, and the rest of the team or the rest of the players have to guess what it is. The team or player with the most points for guessing correctly wins the game.

Pictionary

This board game is a great one for those with good drawing skills, but even those who don’t can have fun playing. When you play Pictionary, teams take turns having one person draw the phrase or word that appears on a card. The other team members have to guess it in a certain amount of time.

Apples to Apples

This card game involves matching up descriptive terms on green cards with nouns shown on red cards. One person acts as judge and decides which player has the best match each round. The player with a certain number of green apple cards wins.

Spoons

For this “musical chairs” card game, have guests sit around a table and place spoons in the middle of it. The number of spoons should be one less than the number of players. The goal is for each player to collect four cards that have the same rank, such as all aces, fives or nines. When one player has their four cards, they discreetly grab a spoon. The player who misses out on getting a spoon is eliminated.

Scene It

For larger parties, plan on playing Scene It on your TV to make it easier for everyone to see. Scene It comes in a wide range of editions, such as comedy movies, Disney movies and HBO, as well as music, TV and sports editions. Players test their knowledge of movies, shows or sports with trivia questions accompanied by video clips.

Our apartments in West Miami, Florida, feature open concept layouts that offer plenty of room for party games. Please contact us to learn more about our available apartments.

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