Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Madison

cloverHappy St. Patrick’s Day Madison!  Students have just finished up midterms, the UW Badger Men’s Basketball team won vs. Virginia Tech last night, and it’s FRIDAY.  It can’t get much better than that, huh?  It’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!  Although a lot of the bar hops and other St. Patty’s Day events happened last weekend, we’ve put together a list of places to go this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Renting an Apartment “Sight Unseen”

sight unseenFinding a new apartment can sometimes be challenging.  What’s more challenging is if you are unable to view a unit before signing a lease for it.  Whether you are unable to get off work during the available showing hours, you live out of state, or you are moving from another country, we have a few tips for you when it comes to signing for an apartment “sight unseen”.

What does “Sight Unseen” actually mean?

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The Madness of March, Plus FREE FOOD!

March MadnessIt’s March, so you know what that means?  It’s time for MARCH MADNESS! March Madness is typically the second week of March through the first week of April. This year, the tournament is scheduled to begin on March 14th, 2017. March Madness is the time of year when the NCAA Men’s and Women’s college basketball tournaments are held to determine the national champions of college basketball.

How Does the Tournament Work?

For those who do not know how the tournament works, here is a brief overview, according to Wikipedia.

They typically start with 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the NCAA, to determine the national championship.  16 teams make it past the first weekend’s games.  This is called the “Sweet Sixteen”. The second weekend narrows the field to the “Elite Eight” and then the “Final Four”. The final weekend focuses on the four semifinalists. The two semifinal victors move on to play in the national championship game.

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6 Quick Tips for Online Dating in Madison

online datingOver the past years, online dating has become the “norm”, especially among college students and young professionals. According to the Pew Research Center, “80% of Americans who have used online dating agree that online dating is a good way to meet people,”  so we’re all for giving a dating app or online platform a try in order to find that special someone.  We have provided 6 quick tips for online dating below.

  1. Make sure your online dating profile is YOU!

Your online dating profile should portray who you are, not who you used to be, or some exaggerated version of yourself. Be honest and be yourself.  If someone is going to reject your honest online profile, it’s better to weed them out ahead of time anyway!  If you can narrow down the pool of people you connect with online by being your true self, the odds of actually liking the people you choose to meet up with in person will be much higher.  Madison may seem like a big city, but the world gets a lot smaller when you start dating online.  The last thing you want to do is exaggerate or be dishonest on your online dating profile then get caught out on the town acting or looking like a completely different person.

If you’re not sure if your profile shows the best and most honest side of you, feel free to ask a friend to look it over.  Friends are actually much better judges of our best characteristics than we are.

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Home Office Solutions for Your Apartment

home office in your apartmentIt can be difficult to work from home when you live in a smaller space, or have to share a space with roommates.  Although it may seem impossible, it definitely is possible.  Below are some ideas, tips and tricks to turn your small or shared space in your apartment into a comfortable home office area.

Finding the Perfect Space for Your Home Office Area

Think about where your ideal work space would be in your apartment.  A place where you can work comfortably and efficiently.  Do you need a quiet space? Do you want to be away from any noises that others are making in the home while you work?  Or are you okay with a little noise and can work through anything?  These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing where your home office space will be.  The second thing to think about is space.

If you are wanting something quiet and away from any other action in the house, think about using a spare bedroom, unused closet, or part of your bedroom.  Think of somewhere that you will not be distracted.  If you are okay working in an area that has lots of traffic or noise when anyone is home, then try to find an area in your living room or hallway that would fit your office space.
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CAMPUS AREA HIGH-RISES – Where Will You Be Living in Fall 2017?

Looking for a place to live this fall?  There’s still time!  We’ve highlighted our campus area high-rise buildings below, and also have plenty of other non-high rise campus units still available for this Fall.

 EQUINOX: Industrial Contemporary style high-rise buildingequinox high-rise

409 W Gorham St. Madison, WI

Efficiencies – 4 bedroom furnished units currently available!

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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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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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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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