When You Realize You’re a Wisconsinite…

Wisconsin CapitolYou’ve heard the phrase, “You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl”, right? Whether you are from Wisconsin or just live here, there’s a point in your life when you realize that this great state will never leave you!

We’ve put together a list of 20 different ways for you to realize that you are a true Wisconsinite…

  1. You know that a Spotted Cow is not an animal.Wisconsin Spotted Cow

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7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year!

eating healthy2017 has officially arrived! Now that many of us have gained that dreaded “holiday weight” thanks to holiday parties, family meals, and the endless stream of sweets that just seem to appear in December, it’s time to start thinking about our goals for the New Year.  New Year, New You, right?

The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life.  One of the main factors that can determine how “healthy” you are, is your nutrition.  Now don’t get us wrong, we are not promoting some specific fad diet, or drastically changing things over night.  Large scale changes are only made possible by starting with smaller, more attainable goals.
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Post-Holiday Blues: What to do in the Madison Area During your Winter Break

MadisonChristmas is over, our bellies are full of cookies and hot cocoa, and we’re all out of money after graciously giving so many holiday gifts. So, now what do you do? We have found some great, fun activities for you to do in and around Madison between now and the end of your winter break that involve little or no cost.

 Outdoor Winter Break Activities

Ice Skating

There are lots of parks in the Madison area that offer free ice skating, some even offer skate rentals.  Click here for more information on locations that are open. If you are interested in ice skating lessons, check this site out for more information.

Winter Break Ice Skating Madison

Tenney Park, Madison Wisconsin

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It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking about Subletting your Apartment for Summer

subletting_keysAlthough the snow has arrived, now is the time to be thinking about subletting for the summer.  Whether you are graduating, studying abroad or just heading home for the summer, you probably don’t want to be stuck paying for rent while not living there, right?  Subletting your apartment is the perfect option and we have all of the information you need to know before you start subletting.

What is a Sublet anyway?

Subletting is when you are leasing out a portion of your lease to another person that is not originally involved in the lease agreement.  The sublet tenant will be responsible for the lease terms and obligations, however keep in mind that the original tenant is not let out of their responsibilities when subletting.
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Prepping your Apartment for Winter Break

winter-breakWell, the snow has finally arrived in Madison, just in time for Winter break! Before you pack up and head out, make sure your apartment is prepared for your absence. We’ve provided a list to check off before you leave to ensure you have nothing to worry about while on break.

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Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays, Plus a Chance to WIN!

Just because you live in an apartment, or have a small space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your space look great during the holidays. We’ve hit up Pinterest to give you the best holiday decorating ideas for your apartment or small space.
 
Let’s start with the tree…
 
Christmas Tree:
Do you like real trees or faux trees? If you love real Christmas trees, check with your landlord first to make sure they are allowed in your building. Faux Christmas trees are a great alternative and although they may be a bit pricey at first, you can use them year after year, so you get your money’s worth. They even make pine scented ornaments now that will make your apartment smell like you have a real tree. Make sure you pick the right size tree to fit in your space. If you have a small space and don’t have much room for a tree, try a tabletop tree, or a half tree as shown below. You can still decorate them just like any other tree, but they don’t take up as much space as a regular sized tree. Don’t have space at all for a tree? There are several alternatives to choose from instead of a tree. Take advantage of your wall space and use lights to create your own tree. Use chalk on a dark wall or create a tree shape with wood pieces or branches on the wall as shown below. We also love the idea of using your books to create a tree against your wall. You could do this on the floor, on a shelf or even on a table.



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Your Madison Thanksgiving Back-Up Plan

thanksgivingAre you hosting a get together, but don’t feel like cooking? What happens if you attempt a thanksgiving turkey for the first time and it doesn’t turn out well? What do you do if your travel plans are interrupted and you’re stuck spending thanksgiving alone? How do you accommodate more guests than planned when your friends all bring unexpected plus ones? Don’t worry, your Thanksgiving feast is safe!  There are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day for brunch or dinner, and many of them even deliver! With the help of Madison.com and Madisonstories.com, we’ve gathered a list of delivery/pick up as well as some dine-in options in and around the Madison area, so you can have your plan B ready to go in case the unexpected pops up.

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UW Madison Homecoming Week #UWHC

For the past several years MPM has been a sponsor for the UW Madison Homecoming.  This year, Homecoming week starts Saturday, November 5th and ends November 12th.  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!

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Parking in Downtown Madison

Parking_In_MadisonIf you live or work in downtown Madison, you know how hard it is to find a place to park or how expensive it can be for monthly parking. When you are in the heart of most metropolitan areas, this is typically the case, and while Madison isn’t the size of Milwaukee or Chicago, there are a still a lot of visitors and commuters that come to the Capitol area during the week, making parking difficult.  Whether you are commuting or living downtown, we’ve laid out the best options and information you need to know for parking in downtown Madison, especially during Wisconsin’s winter months. Continue reading