The Lifelong Debate | When to Put Your Holiday Lights Up

Christmas holiday lights
The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re like some people, you’re already listening to Christmas music and you may already have or want to put your Christmas lights up. So, when is the “right” time to put your lights up? It’s a lifelong debate that may never have a right answer, but we can at least talk about the ” acceptable time” to put your holiday lights up and take them down.

The “acceptable” time to put your holiday lights up

Although it may be frowned upon to put your lights up before Halloween or Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving seems to be the “acceptable” time to put your lights up. Give the other holidays their day! If you live in the colder climates, you may want to put your lights up during the warmer weather, which can sometimes be before Halloween. We think this is perfectly acceptable to put them up earlier than Thanksgiving, but wait until after the other holidays have passed to turn them on.

The “acceptable” time to take your holiday lights down

For some, the day after Christmas means it’s time to take down your decorations, for others, they wait until after new years. It is acceptable to take them down anytime between just after Christmas and Three Kings Day, which is Saturday, January 6th. Three Kings Day marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas, so for some, anytime right after the end of the 12 days is the perfect time to take them down. Leaving them up until Valentine’s Day is definitely too long!

Either way, be conscious of your neighbors and the potential grinches nearby. Use your best judgement when putting up your holiday lights!

Now, we want to hear from you! When do you think it’s acceptable to put holiday lights up and when to tear them down? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out our post last year with ideas for decorating your apartments for the holidays:
Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays!

Transition Your Apartment from Fall to Winter

We know Fall has just arrived, but now that it’s getting colder, Winter is getting closer! We want you to be prepared. We’re sharing some ways to transition your apartment from fall to winter!

Wardrobe

Not everyone likes to keep fall/winter and spring/summer clothing separate, but if you do, now is the time to start transitioning all of those spring/summer pieces out of your closet for the colder seasons.
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DIY Halloween Home Décor + CONTEST

Halloween is just a few days away! We put together a roundup of 10 of our favorite Pinterest DIY Halloween Home Décor ideas for you all, plus we’re giving away $20 to Silver Mine Subs when you send us your DIY Halloween Home Décor. See below for more details.

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UW Madison Homecoming 2017 | #wiscohoco2017

Happy Homecoming week Madison! For the past several years MPM has been the sponsor for the UW Madison Homecoming. Get ready to show your Badger Pride with the many homecoming events coming up, and be on the lookout for the MPM Street Team, who will be at some of the events handing out free swag and other prizes!

October 18th

Light of the Moon 5K
MPM had so much fun handing out swag prior to the run last night!
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Monkey Business Institute | Guest Blog Post

guest blog postUnscripted and unapologetically fun.

We are excited to have Monkey Business Institute be our guest blogger for this week’s blog post! Monkey Business Institute is located at 2916 Atwood Avenue in Madison, WI. They are ready to show you a good time!

Monkey Business Institute, Madison’s Favorite Improv Troupe

Since 2004, Monkey Business Institute has been bringing improv comedy fun to Madison with weekly performances, classes, corporate training sessions and private parties. Check out the website, monkeybusinessinstitute.com for a performance calendar, show information, tickets, and more.

Performances

It’s Saturday. Your mission: coming up with plans for the evening. Where should you start looking? Look no further than Monkey Business Institute’s Saturday improv comedy lineup. Whether it’s date night or you’ve got family and friends paying a visit, there’s an MBI improv show that’s certain to fit your entertainment needs. Continue reading

Campus High Rise Living – Fall 2018 | CAMPUS OPEN HOUSES + Current Specials

Leasing for all MPM 2018-2019 campus units started this week! Open houses at our high-rise buildings have also started this week! Stop on by this week for a showing & some pizza! Open house hours are 3pm – 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and 3pm – 4:30pm on Friday 10/6. We’ve highlighted our campus area high-rise buildings below, and also have plenty of other non-high rise campus units available for rent! Feel free to call our office any time during business hours with any questions you may have – 608-251-8777.

VANTAGE POINT: Campus luxury high-rise buildingVantage Point High-Rise

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Fall Colors in Wisconsin

fall in madisonFall is here and Wisconsin is the perfect place to live to see the beautiful colors of Fall. According to the TravelWisconsin.com website, Madison is currently at 15% Fall color, where Fon du Lac is showing about 65% color! The estimated week of peak color in Madison this year is the 4th week of October, so it’ll be here soon enough. We’re sharing some information on Fall and where to go to see the best Fall colors during the peak!

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Meg Mitchell’s Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange at MMoCA | Guest Blog Post

mmoca hops gardenWe at MPM are excited to be collaborating again with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for this week’s blog post. The MMoCA is located at 227 State Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5 pm; Friday 12-8 pm; Saturday 10 am-8 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm. Museum admission is free.

The Exhibit

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art recently added an exciting and interactive dimension to the museum Rooftop Sculpture Garden: Meg Mitchell’s Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange (TNHE): a hop garden for unyielding people. Familiarly referred to as the Hops Exchange, Mitchell’s sculptural installation is composed of six twenty-foot-tall aluminum beams that support the growth of hop plants. This site-specific, living artwork combines the visual language of industrial construction with an ethic of social engagement. Continue reading

Renewing Your Lease in the Madison Campus/Downtown Area

high rise housing renewingIt’s that time of year. You’ve just moved into your apartment, are finally settling in, and suddenly you’re already being asked about renewing your lease for the 2018-2019 lease term! You may be thinking “I don’t even know if I’m going to like who I’m living with or where I’m living now, so how am I supposed to choose for next year already?”. We totally understand!

Madison’s campus area market is a unique one. Almost all apartments in the campus area begin leasing for the following fall nearly 11 months in advance. It seems crazy, we know, but MPM adheres to this schedule in order to be as fair and efficient as possible for our residents and property owners.

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Ways to Meet People at Your New Apartment

Whether you are living alone and want to meet some of your neighbors, or you live with your friends and you all want to make some new friends, meeting new people in your apartment community is easier than you may think!

Introduce Yourselves to Your Neighbors

Don’t be shy. Say hi and introduce yourselves while in the hallway, getting your mail, in the parking area, or even walking your dog. Spark up a conversation or at least exchange names so that you can have a conversation in the future.

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