Take the Time to Turkey Bowl!

Turkey Bowl

Thanksgiving marks the return of the wonderfully American and time-honored traditions of the season. From gathering ‘round the table with loved ones, to tucking into that delicious holiday spread, it’s no wonder why many US citizens consider it a favorite. Another noteworthy tradition on this day? Playing (or watching) football! But did you know the history of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl dates almost as far back as our country’s first celebration of the holiday?

Back to School: Where it All Began

Back in 1869, a mere six years after Turkey Day #1, The Young American Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club played a noteworthy match against each other in Philadelphia, PA; this would begin a trend in another prominent city. In New York, from 1876 to 1881, the Princeton team would compete against Yale’s every Thanksgiving. It was clear to see that Thanksgiving Day football was slowly starting to stick. And when the Intercollegiate Football Association officially recognized holiday football in 1882, the rest became history. Today, football on Thanksgiving is a staple of this country’s culture, just as American as apple pie! But where did the name “Turkey Bowl” come from? Well, when high school leagues started to coin their games after the delectably prepared bird many Americans enjoy ‘round that dinner table, the custom was set!

Turkey Bowl From Home

With the NFL promising three thrilling matches this November 28th, you definitely won’t have any problem looking for football games to watch on Thanksgiving! Tune in throughout the day, and catch these matches: Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills v. Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints v. Atlanta Falcons. Check out what time the matches are airing beforehand, so you can sit back, relax with the family, and cheer on your favorite teams as they duke it out on the field.

More Seasonal Celebrations

While watching from the comfort of your couch is nice, sometimes enjoying football with sportier fans can up the natural energy of the game. Thankfully, the Naperville, IL sports bar crowds are sure to be booming for football season. Check out this list for just a selection of neighborhood spots that’ll be perfect for watching the game with new friends (or friendly rivals!). Sip a brew (or two!) and indulge in some pub fare if your stomach can handle it. Rather throw a Turkey Bowl of your own? Why not plan a neighborhood match at a park close to home? That way, you can spread some togetherness and good-natured competition with your fellow residents!
If you’re not sure what day is Thanksgiving 2019, be sure to keep November 28th marked on your calendar. Whether you prefer to watch the pros duke it out from the comfort of home, on a barstool with a beer, or decide to toss the pigskin yourself with family and neighbors at 803 Corday, you might just feel a little closer to the American roots of the holiday this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrate Halloween Near Your Naperville Apartments

Are you looking for a fun way to make the most out of Halloween this year near your Naperville apartments? Halloween is such a fun holiday that sadly, only comes once a year. There are a plethora of things you can do to make the most out of this holiday, whether you’re celebrating it alone, with a friend, your significant other, or your family. If you are new to the area and have no clue what to do, here is what I suggest doing this Halloween.
• Check to see if your apartments in Naperville are hosting something special! In this case, you wouldn’t even have to go far to celebrate and you’d get the opportunity to know your neighbors.
• Go to your local party store for some inspiration. Perhaps you can host a Halloween-inspired party to entertain all of your friends and invite some of the people who live right by you! For tips on how to have an awesome Halloween party, click here.
• Go on Eventbrite and type in the name of your city or your area code to find events that are going on that are closest to you. This is a great way to figure out what’s going on out there so that you make some solid plans.
Hopefully, this short bullet point list gave you some insight into what you need to do to celebrate October 31st the best way possible. That being said, do you have any leads on what to do this Halloween near your Naperville apartments? If so, write them in the comments below to share with fellow neighbors or those who may be visiting. Make sure you get out there and do something this year! You deserve to have fun with all the hard work that you do. And take your friends and family out with you!

Enjoy Fragrant Plants in Your Naperville Apartments

We can all agree that flowers are a beautiful addition to any home. They’re also a sweet way to mark the transition between seasons from summer to fall is to have a nice aroma in your Naperville apartments that leaves you a bit reminiscent about summer. While there are lots of things out there like candles and incense you can burn, there’s just something refreshing about going lighter and tending to an actual flower in your Naperville apartments. Luckily, there are so many to choose from that are going to leave a fragrant imprint on where you live. Here’s just a short list of some of the flowers you may choose to have in your apartments:

1. Gardenia
2. Lavender
3. Scented Geraniums
4. Indoor Citrus
5. Orchids

These flowers require their own maintenance rituals, which you can find here. They are a wonderful way to bring some much-needed life and soul into your apartment. And depending on which scent you decide on, it can set the entire ambiance for what you’re trying to go for.

For instance, if you want a scent that’s fragrance will leave you feeling refreshed and less anxious, then lavender is a good way to go. Lavender is notorious for having a great impact on one’s mental health and nerves. If you’re looking for something a bit more stimulating, having the smell of a citrus flower can be more beneficial. In fact, if you work from your Naperville apartments, it can be something that helps you get your work done. Finally, if you’re looking for a smell that overpowers all and leaves you with a sense of purity, gardenia might be the best way to go.

When decorating apartments, most people get so fixated on what it looks like that they forget the other senses that truly help create a home. Which fragrant flower will you choose to bring the best out of your Naperville apartments?

Go Green in Your Naperville Apartments

Do you care about the future of our Earth and find yourself interested in playing an active role in terms of helping keep it green? There are quite a few things you can do in your Naperville apartments that will help reduce your carbon footprint—meaning, you’ll leave less of an impact on Earth if you decide to make conscientious decisions. This doesn’t require a whole lot of work, but it does require you changing your habits up just a bit. If you need some tips on how to go and stay green in your Naperville apartments, here are some tips that tell you how:

1. Cut down on the plastic/Styrofoam cups and utensils you buy and use real dishes instead. After all, the smaller the pile of trash you create is, the smaller footprint you leave on earth and the less amount you contribute to piles of garbage that may eventually get dumped in the ocean. Although it may feel more convenient to load up on plastic dishware, it’s frankly terrible for the environment.
2. Be brave and grow your own seasoning or fruits and vegetables. Even in your apartments, you’re allowed to bring in little pots that you can have in a section and monitor with the right amount of light and water in order to grow healthy things for yourself. This will emit good CO2 in your department, save you money on groceries and bags/trash/gas associated with groceries, and could encourage fellow visitors in your apartments to do the same.
3. It’s important (and cost-effective) to be conscientious of how you use and abuse your utilities. The great thing about “going green” is that if done so effectively, you’ll be able to save up to hundreds of dollars a year on utilities. Use natural light whenever possible and make sure that lights and fans are turned off if you aren’t in a room. Although it could be tempting to put the AC on at an extreme setting to keep the house cool, try opening windows and using other alternatives to block the sun out of where you live to keep your house cool.

Do you have any tips on going green in your Naperville apartments? Let us know in the comments!

Summer Events Near Your Naperville Apartments

Isn’t it amazing how we suddenly find ourselves past the middle of the year already? Now that July is here, that means summer is in full effect and we must take advantage of it! Have you made any plans yet? The great thing about living here is that there’s a bevy of summer events near your Naperville apartments. Extra bonus: a majority of these attractions don’t involve you driving too far or spending too much money. If you’re interested in having the summer of your life in Naperville, consider doing one (or more) of the following things:

1. Hang out and get a little walking done at your local farmer’s market. This is a great way to refocus on your health, get to know people in your community, and pick up some fresh foods to enjoy at home. For more information on your local farmer’s market, click here.

2. Check Eventbrite to see if there are any music festivals or concerts are going on around where you’re at. Music is a great escape from life and definitely has the power to heal- so go to as many shows as you can! Make the most out of this summer by dancing it away. Concerts are also a great place to make new friends or find potential dates.

Do any other ideas come to mind regarding summer events that are going down around your apartments in Naperville? If so, be sure to share them in the comments below. Summer is going to come and go much more quickly than you can anticipate, so be sure to make this one count! Will you enjoy events like farmer’s markets or do concerts and music festivals feel more up your alley?

Summer Cooking in Your Naperville Apartments

Looking for something fun to do this summer near your Naperville apartment? A great idea would be to go to a local farmer’s market, whether it be alone or with friends and family, to stock up on some much-needed, fresh groceries. The great thing about the turn of the seasons is that there are so many new fruits and vegetables available for you to enjoy.

Here’s a list of some vegetables in season this summer:
• Radishes
• Arugula
• Cucumber
• Beets
• Bell Peppers
• Carrots
• Zucchini
• Garlic
• Corn
• Rhubarb

And here’s a list of fruits in season this summer:
• Apricots
• Plums
• Cherries
• Blackberries
• Nectarines
• Strawberries
• Peaches
• Tomatoes
• Passion Fruit
• Melon
• Lemon
• Limes

Here’s a recipe on how to make some great veggie grilled pizza:

Ingredients

8 small fresh mushrooms, halved
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 small sweet yellow pepper, sliced
1 small sweet red pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 prebaked 12-inch thin whole wheat pizza crust
1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
2 small tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onion, vinegar, water, 3 teaspoons oil and seasonings. Transfer to a grill wok or basket. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Brush crust with remaining oil; spread with pizza sauce. Top with grilled vegetables, tomatoes, and cheese. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted. Rotate pizza halfway through cooking to ensure evenly browned crust.
Editor’s Note: If you do not have a grill wok or basket, use a disposable foil pan. Poke holes in the bottom of the pan with a meat fork to allow the liquid to drain.

So this summer, make sure to go to your local farmer’s market so you can stock up on the freshest, healthiest produce there is. In addition, consider checking out this site if you need ideas for inspiration when it comes to coming up with recipes for your delicious produce. So now that’s TWO summer activities you can enjoy near your apartments in Naperville – you can visit a local farmer’s market and you can attempt a new healthy recipe from home. What will you do to kick summer 2019 off?

Fun Things to Do in Your Naperville Apartments

You may think you’ve done everything you could have in Naperville, but that’s probably not the case. With the weather being better now, it’s a great opportunity to explore and see what ELSE your city has to offer. The great thing about the different ideas listed below is that you don’t have to travel far from your apartments to get to them. Check out this list of things to do in your city:
1. Check out a local bookstore and explore a completely different section than you normally would
2. Try a gym you haven’t tried by getting a visitor’s pass and seeing if it’s ideal for you
3. Treat your significant other to one of Naperville’s nice restaurants
4. Look up your city on Groupon to see what discounts you can get on fun deals in Naperville
5. Visit your local arcade to connect with your inner child
6. Work out by going on a hike or nice stroll outside
7. Do some community service
8. Join MeetUp to see what other singles in your area are doing to keep themselves entertained.
So how will you make the most out of living in your city this spring? Try out one of these ideas!

Creative Projects for Your Naperville Apartments

How have you been keeping yourself occupied this spring? If you feel underwhelmed, perhaps it’s time to try some creative projects. After all, there’s no shortage of creative things you can do in your apartments in Naperville.

If you need some inspiration, check out contemporary artist Darren Downing. He makes fantastic abstract works from his own apartments. If you want to start on a smaller scale, look up videos on YouTube that will help you master a craft in the privacy of your apartments.

Something else that may be fun to do is to get in the spirit of decorating. Now that you’ve done your spring cleaning, you probably have some feeling of wanting to make your apartments as colorful as possible. Even though you aren’t technically making anything, rearranging things and adding/subtracting things from your living space is definitely a form of creativity. For resources on personalizing things for you and your loved ones in your apartments, click here.

If all else fails, have a movie marathon and enjoy studying recent films of quality. Off the Record is a terrific film you can see on Amazon Prime that might get you in the spirit of writing.

How will you make the most of your time this spring?

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartments in Naperville

This year get in the spirit of spring cleaning by making a fun, energizing playlist on Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube. This will help ease the time as you go around your apartments and give them the love they deserve.
Whether you are new to the whole concept of spring cleaning or you’ve been doing it ritualistically for a while now, you can always benefit to learn new tips. Check out this website for twenty amazing tips that will have your apartment feel like the oasis it should be in no time.

It’s important to do spring cleaning BEFORE spring actually gets here so you can rid your house of dust and other pesky allergens that may affect your immune system. Maybe put a day or weekend aside in late February or early March to begin spring cleaning.

If you have a particular task or room that needs tending to but you need some help, consult someone on the app Task Rabbit. This app allows you to connect with locals interested in doing physical labor for you at a relatively cheap price. If you don’t feel comfortable having a stranger in your home, then perhaps it’s time to just make a killer playlist and throw yourself into it!

Enjoy the Big Game Around Your Apartments in Naperville

Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage. Steve Sabol

Not everyone truly appreciates how special football is and how it brings people together. It definitely takes a certain type of person. There certainly isn’t any other American sporting event that bonds unlikely friends like the Big Game. With this game coming up in just a few days, how will you watch it? At a bar down the street or at your apartments in Naperville?

If your choice is the latter, make it a point to make your apartments as comfortable as possible to enhance the spirit of watching football while appealing to your guests. Here are some appetizers worth making that will certainly make the whole occasion more memorable.

We hope that the team you are rooting for wins and that you get to enjoy watching the Big Game from the comforts of your apartments in Naperville or a cozy bar just down the street!