Thursday, January 30, 2020

#LifeHacks: At-Home Wellness Remedies

At-Home Wellness Remedies

Stuck at home and feeling under the weather? Need something to help you pick you up?Well here are some natural home remedies that can make you feel better in no time!

Salt Water
Experiencing a tickle in your throat can get annoying. To reduce this gargle with a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water four times daily. 

Warm Drinks

Hot drinks can relieve your nasal congestion and even prevent possible dehydration. Try a hot tea with honey and lemon to soothe these areas that may feel inflamed. Herbal tea can help when you're trying to sleep as well.   

Hot Showers

Hot and steamy showers will allow your nasal passages to be massaged by the heat. This also can help with relaxing. Even by running a hot shower and sitting by the tub you can experience the hot shower benefits! 

Washing Your Hands 


This may seem like an easy thing to do- since you already do it! But washing your hands regularly helps prevent spreading any germs to any surface or yourself! While you're on the go bring antibacterial hand sanitizer with you if there is no sink near you. 

Get Rest

The last thing you need to do is to get plenty of rest. The body works so much harder when it is well rested. Take time out to spend the day at home in bed where it is nice and warm. You can also get some much needed alone time as well! 



Always remember to consult with a professional for the best results possible and keep in mind to remain warm and hydrated this winter! 

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Friday, January 10, 2020

#ApartmentHacks: 6 Kitchen Appliances for Apartments with Multiple Functions

Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances are the key to making a kitchen function like a well-oiled machine! Small kitchen cooking appliances that come with multiple functions are the perfect cooking tools to use. This appliance will be able to replace a few cooking devices you have plus it saves your storage space.
These six multi functional kitchen appliances offer versatility and modern convenience for hassle-free home cooked meals.

Hot Air Fryer

The air fryer is similar to a mini oven. It has a removable cooking basket which is dishwasher safer. Numerous brands have create their own versions of the air fryer, some coming with accessories such as the the baking tray, variety basket, grill pan etc. These accessories greatly expand the cooking capabilities of the frying cooker. Some air fryers come with rotisserie feature which will allow you to roast a whole chicken! The air fryer has become a huge trend of 2019 allowing consumers to grill, bake, fry or roast. But the greatest advantage of the air fryer cooker is its oil less feature. You'll still get the same effect of a juicy chicken or crispy fry just with no oil! 
Pro tip: It's also great for reheating leftover food.

Electric Rice Cooker

The versatile rice cooker comes with so many functions other than making rice. The modern computer-controlled rice cooker has a fuzzy logic feature that will adjust the cooking mode to to type of rice used. You can cook porridge, boil soup, stew, steam and even make cakes and break. It is very easy to operate with its one push operation. 

Electric Toaster Oven

The modern electric toaster oven does more than toasting bread. You can use it to roast,toast and broil. Modern toasters come with digital controls and hourly controls. You can cook bagels, pizza, bread, chicken, frozen snacks etc. You can also fit a whole 12" pizza. The toaster convection oven is truly convenient and versatile. 

Multi Functional Grill/Panini Press 


This machine cooks your breakfast, lunch and dinner in the most fuss-free way. It has a smooth flat surface that is great for making eggs or bacon and even sausages and pancakes for breakfast. The raised ridges of the surface of the grill is great for grilling your steaks and chops for lunch or dinner. It also comes with an adjustable temperature control. Imagine grilling some burgers on this year round!

Slow Cooker

The set-and-forget slow cookers are extremely easy to use. Out in the food ingredients, press a button or turn a knob and the food will cook slowly inside the cooker. You can also use this to make desserts such as bread pudding. Once the food is cooked, it will set to keep warm function. This is easy automatic cooking at its finest! Go got the 6qt capacity slow cooking if you're cooking for more than 5 people. 
Pro tip: If you want to use this, start cooking a few hours ahead of time!

Instant Pot

The instant pot is a programmable pressure cooker. You use 70% less energy and yet cook 2-6 times faster compared to using the traditional pots and pans. It is truly versatile. It can replace your pressure cooker, slow cooker, skillet, pan, etc! That's over 6 appliances. Just think of the space saved. Being fully sealed under pressure, there is no smell or oil vapor escaping from the pot. Your kitchen will become cleaner compared to using the traditional pot. You can cook rice in it, saute your meat, stir fry your vegetables, steam your baby corns, slow cook your stew etc. This is very handy appliance that will take care of breakfast, lunch and dinner! It is very fast, efficient and energy saving. 

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Monday, December 9, 2019

#LifeHacks: Homemade Holiday Gifts!


Homemade Holiday Gifts

Holiday shopping can be difficult, whether you’re shopping for family members, friends, coworkers, or neighbors. Additionally, gifts for everyone can add up! This year, consider making homemade Christmas gifts. Not only will these save you a little money, but taking the extra effort and time shows a person how much you truly care about them. More thought is put behind homemade holiday gifts, and whoever receives it will be extra thankful! Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! Check out these do-it-yourself homemade holiday gifts to try this holiday season.

DIY Agate Coasters

These beautiful coasters by Jen Woodhouse make the perfect gift for home and apartment owners, as they are very trendy and useful! This gift will be greatly appreciated and is also half the cost of buying it in-store. Additionally, you can make them any color you want! Think of your friend or family member’s favorite color, and simply buy those shades of acrylic paint. Not much of a painter? That’s okay! For these coasters, perfection is not necessary. Mix up your colors and add some water for a unique, homemade look. These are perfect, easy gifts to give away that require extra thoughtfulness and creativity.

Mason Jar Candles

You can never have too many candles! What’s even better, is these are homemade and make for the perfect Christmas gift. This DIY Peppermint Candle by a Pumpkin and a Princess will put anyone right into the holiday spirit. They are also easy to make! All you need is soy wax, mason jars, tea light cups, candlewick, and peppermint essential oils. Decorate your mason jars however you please, and they are ready to distribute! If you thought this was easy, you can even try making them with different scents and decorations for different friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

DIY Hanging Grill Tool Display Sign

For the cooks in your family, the DIY Hanging Grill Tool Display Sign is the perfect, handy gift by the Rustic Willow. It is both functional and decorative. You can gather all of your supplies from the nearest home improvement store. Customize it to say whatever you want, as you can paint on the letters! Whether it’s for a family member or a friend, your loved one will enjoy using this awesome and crafty gift when they’re grilling.

Stamped Keychain or Necklace


This unique idea from Kojo Designs is perfect for, well, anyone! You can customize it to say anything you want, and you can either make keychains or necklaces. Although it does take a couple of practice rounds, once you have the supplies and the moves down correctly, you will be on your way to success. The necessary supplies are metal brass discs, key rings, a metal stamping set, and a jump ring if you are making a keychain. Additionally, you will need a hammer, black permanent marker, a piece of steel wool, and a drill and a small bit tool. Once you have all the supplies, it is easy to make these as gifts year-round! Give it to your special someone as a necklace, or your best friends as a friendship keychain. The opportunities for creativity here are endless!

Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar

For an easy and tasty gift, try these Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar idea by Crazy Little Projects. This gift is perfect for the holidays, because who doesn’t love baking cookies during this time? You can also decorate the jar however you like. If you have a lot of people you need to get gifts for, like neighbors or teachers, you’ll want to give these a try. You can switch up the recipes you use to cater to your friends’ tastes. Whether it’s chocolate peppermint cookies or double chocolate and toffee cookies, your friends will love them!
The holidays are the most wonderful time of year, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the shopping and thinking of new gift ideas. With these homemade holiday gifts, you will save a lot of money, while also putting more thought, time, and effort towards your gifts instead of simply purchasing them from the store. Your loved ones will appreciate knowing that you care so much about them to make them their own gift!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

#LifeHacks: 5 Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and friends. Take a moment  to reflect upon everything you are thankful for. With that being said, Thanksgiving is also a great opportunity to stop what you're doing and give back! Here are five ways that you can help someone in need during this Thanksgiving.

Donate your time: Volunteering is the best way to get involved with your community and also help families in need. Shelters are a great place to volunteer during the holidays. Many of them need the support to! Check our your local community centers and sign up to help out.

Donate food:  Food is one of the essential parts of Thanksgiving! Take your unexpired canned goods and non perishable food items to organizations that are doing Food Drives or that are accepting donations.

Sponsor a family: In addition to donating time and food, a good way to give back is to sponsor a family for Thanksgiving. You can buy their Thanksgiving groceries or simply make double of what you will be serving for on Thanksgiving Day!

Donate blood: Many people will have to spend the holidays in the hospital, a good way to give back to them is to donate blood. Make sure you check out your local blood banks to see what are the requirements to donate.

Write letters to troops: As Thanksgiving day is two weeks shy from Veterans day, it's always good to give thanks to the people who volunteer everyday to fight for our country. Get the family together to make heartwarming letters!

Remember its always great to GIVE! 

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Monday, October 28, 2019

#LifeHacks: How to Transition Your Summer Clothes into Fall!


In a perfect world, we could all get a new wardrobe each time the season changes. However, that would all add up pretty quickly! Purchasing a whole new wardrobe when the first leaf hits the ground in the fall might be out of the question. However, who's to say you can't wear your summer outfits in the cool weather? Here's how to transition your summer clothes into fall with a few simple steps. 

Just Add a Scarf!

Don’t be afraid to add a scarf to your summer tops and blouses. Scarves add a little spice to what could be a plain outfit. A scarf will keep you warm and complement the season, while allowing you to get additional use out of your summer apparel!

Try Tights

Not ready to stop wearing those summer dresses? You don’t have to! Just add tights to your outfit to add warmth, while creating more of a fall look.

Layers are Your New Best Friend

A simple way to stay both warm AND cool in the fall is layering. Mornings can be chilly, but once the sun comes out you could be warm by the afternoon. Avoid the temperature and outfit confusion by layering tops, whether it’s with a cardigan, denim jacket, tunic, or other warm apparel.

Change Up the Colors

Whether you’re wanting to wear a summer dress, top, or skirt, pair it with the deeper fall colors. By doing so, you can keep your pastel summer colors, but with a deeper fall color in the mix, it’s basically a fall outfit! Fall colors include burnt orange, mustard yellow, maroon, olive green, and deep mocha. Consider finding the fall colors in statement pieces like a jacket, necklace, or scarf.

Buy Yourself Some Boots

Boots are the perfect footwear for fall. Whether they’re riding boots, booties, or combat boots, they’ll transform any outfit into a cozy, cute fall one. Don’t let your feet get cold in those open-toed shoes —buy yourself some boots!
We all love fall, but don’t feel like you need to splurge a ton to change your style with the season. With these tips on how to transition your summer clothes into fall, you’ll be fashion-forward in no time — all while saving money!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.