9 Thanksgiving Traditions Your Family Will Love

Sacha R - Thursday, November 08, 2018

When it comes to many holidays, including Thanksgiving, it’s typically the same course of events each year. Wake up early, cook, possibly travel, eat, nap, and then indulge in more food. This Thanksgiving, try something new and start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or time consuming like people may think; these ideas are fun, easy, and family-friendly!

9 New Thanksgiving Traditions to Start 

1. Recipe Swap: This will be easy and fun, especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes to share. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V. 
2. Hold a Raffle: Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  
3. Guess the Thanks: Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 
4. Ditch the Football: Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic T.V. sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 
5.  Those Who Cook Don’t Clean: If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who      didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 
6.  Pre-Dessert Walk: Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch or recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 
7. Bring a Game: Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.
8. Hand-Me-Down Exchange: Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 
9. Book Swap: Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.

We hope you enjoy these new traditions as much as we do! If you have, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know on our Facebook (@hawthornegardensapts). For more tips, including 10 ways to keep your home organized contact us today!

4 Chic Ways to Use Fall Foliage in Your Home

Sacha R - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Creating custom décor for your home doesn’t have to be a hard, time consuming, or costly. In fact, you can incorporate fall foliage found around the Capital Region including our community on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland. 

4 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Fall Foliage

Leaf Pressings: Floating frames, or picture frames that you can see through, create a perfect opportunity to press leaves. All too often, people use heavy books to press leaves or flowers, and then they’re forgotten about. Picking your favorite leaf, or leaves, and pairing them with properly sized floating frames gives you the chance to create an easy piece of art that is also tasteful and easy to switch out with the seasons. 

Fall Palette Arrangements: There are a lot of bushes with gorgeous colored leaves during the autumn months. Shades of reds and oranges pair with pale-colored hydrangea flowers you can find either from your local florist or super market flower department. Once you have your arrangement, all you’ll need is a vase and natural lighting from our oversized windows or private balcony

Garden Container Arrangement: Keeping in mind the same idea as the fall palette arrangement, a garden container arrangement can spruce up your balcony or patio in a matter of moments. Whether you prefer a container that is ornate, country chic, or something simple it can easily be dressed up with fall foliage to create something beautiful for your space. 

Acorn Garland: This DIY project might take more than a few minutes and a bit of effort, but the outcome is truly unique and a conversation starter.  To create this fall themed garland you will need to gather a large number of acorns (or purchase them at your local craft store!) and a suede cord or thicker twine. Once you have enough to satisfy your decorating needs, you can paint the acorn or leave it in its natural state, and then attach it to your cord using super glue or hot glue. To create a dangling effect, glue the acorn to the cord by its cupule (or cap). 

If you’re looking for more tips on decorating for the seasons, just let us know during your tour. We’ll be happy to give you tips, ideas, and suggest our favorite place to pick up décor. 

Activities in the Capital Region this Season

Sacha R - Monday, October 01, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities

2018 Wing Walk: Saturday, October 6th is Schenectady’s 2018 Wing Walk. Venture through Downtown Schenectady and enjoy samples of unique chicken wing recipes from a variety of restaurants. Once you’re done, vote for your favorite! 

Running SCCCared 5K Family Run/Walk: Happening Saturday, October 13th is St. Catherine’s Center for Children for their 5th Annual Running SCCCared Family 5K at The Crossings of Colonie. Spend the day with friends and family being active for a good cause and enjoy light refreshments after!

Saratoga DBA Fall Festival: Celebrate the fall season in Downtown Saratoga with games, music, costume parade and so many more family-friendly activities. It all happens on Saturday, October 27th; you won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Indoor Fall Activities

Secret Stockade Tours: The tour begins outside but then takes you through a journey through two Stockade homes, each with their own history. Refreshments will be served inside the historic Brouwer House, the Stockade’s oldest home. You don’t want to miss this tour happening on October 10th. 

Children’s Star Sighting: Saturday, October 20th at the Henry Hudson Planetarium is an interactive program for kids to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations. Bring the night sky to life for your kids!

Check out for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

5 Energy Savings Tips for Renters

Sacha R - Thursday, September 20, 2018

When trying to cut out unnecessary expenses many of us don’t take into consideration the items around our homes that may actually cause an increase in our energy bill each month. Take these 5 tips into consideration and then put them to work so you can begin reducing some of your electric bill. 

5 Ways to Save on Energy

1. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products. Lighting, for example, is a great place to start. Replacing your current lightbulbs with an energy efficient option is a great way to save!
2. Clear Your Vents – Ensuring that furniture is not blocking a vent or register allows the air in your apartment to flow freely. 
3. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it! It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.
4. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.
5. Window Curtains and Blinds – Not only do they add eye appeal to your home, but, they can also help with your energy needs. During the winter months, take advantage of the warmth from the sun and open the drapes for a few hours. As the temperatures begin to rise during the summer season, they can help keep out the heat so your apartment stays cool.

Start incorporating these energy savings tips in your home today! If you’re looking for a new place to call home, take a tour of Hawthorne Gardens. With multiple floor plans to choose from and amenities renters love, you’ll be ready to move in today! 

Which is Better: Renting from a Property Management Company or Landlord?

Sacha R - Thursday, September 06, 2018
Whether you’re a first-time renter, or you have years of apartment renting experience, it’s important to understand the differences between renting from a property management compared to renting from a landlord. While one may appear to have more perks than others, there are a few aspects to take into consideration. 

Differences Between Property Management Companies and Landlords

It’s important to keep in mind that while a friendly demeanor from a property manager or landlord is important, it should not be the deciding factor when considering where to live. There are many more important aspects to take into consideration while making your final decision. Take into consideration the following:

After Hours: As unfortunate as it is, many of us accidentally lock ourselves out of our apartments. What’s more unfortunate is when it happens at 9pm on Saturday. Property management companies offer emergency maintenance services and a member of the maintenance staff will be able to assist you momentarily. Landlords are less likely to offer you the same service, especially if they handle everything on their own – tenants are likely to run into issues during the landlord’s “down time”. 
Repairs: Issues from water leaks to heating or cooling repairs typically fall on the shoulders of the property management and the maintenance staff. Depending on the landlord, they could be less willing to make repairs when the cost comes from their own pocket.  
Grounds Keeping:  Upstate New York is no stranger when it comes to heavy snow, frequent storms, and snow accumulations beginning at 3am. Keep in mind that many landlords do not include grounds keeping in your rent, but property management companies do. This luxury gives renters the peace of mind knowing that they don’t need to worry about shoveling first thing in the morning in order to make it to work, or in the evening after they arrive home.
Consistency: While it might not sound like a big deal at first, consistency is important. Whether it’s consistencies with the rules, what’s allowed and what isn’t, and consistency with businesslike processes. Some landlords could be swayed to bending the rules for a tenant, which could impact your living situation. For example, if you move into a building under the pretense that they don’t allow dogs then you’re woken up from frequent barking, you might be upset. Consistencies across the board can be expected while working with a property management company. 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

When you decide to call Hawthorne Gardens your home, you have the comfort of feeling like you’re home but without all of the responsibility and headaches associated with renting from a landlord or being a homeowner. Our community is situated on 6 wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland, offering you the peace and quiet you enjoy while still being close enough to life’s necessities. To take a tour of our apartments, and to learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today! 

10 Items Renters Don’t Have to Worry About at Hawthorne Gardens

Sacha R - Friday, August 24, 2018

There are numerous perks and benefits of being a renter at Hawthorne Gardens, including peace of mind knowing you don’t have to worry about aspects of home life like a homeowner does. Become the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Hawthorne Gardens. 

1. School Taxes: Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether or not they have children. Renters, even those with children, are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.
2. Property Taxes: Yet another cost associated with home-ownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters.
3. Maintenance Repairs: While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.
4. Property Updates: A new roof, window replacement, and exterior updates are all something homeowners face. Residents at Hawthorne Gardens don’t have to worry about these updates!
5. Pest Control: As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle.
6. Pavement Upkeep: Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners are faced with. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Hawthorne Gardens!
7. Lawn Maintenance: Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan.
8. Garbage: While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste. Luckily, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away.
9. Snow Removal: The Capital Region is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle!
10. Flooring: Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Hawthorne Gardens to replace.

Are you ready to make Hawthorne Gardens your new home? Schedule your tour of our gorgeous community today! 

5 Steps to Better Organized Cabinets

Sacha R - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

It may feel like an impossible task, but becoming more organized and creating more storage space in your apartment doesn’t have to be the daunting task we create in our minds. Full disclosure, it isn’t difficult at all, all you need are the best tips to help create the right ideas! 

5 Steps to Better Organized Cabinets

1. Everything has a Place: Open your cabinets and take a step back to truly look at them. Does everything make sense where it’s currently living? Does it flow well with the space? If you’re searching for a utensil while cooking and can’t quickly find it, then it’s time to reorganize so the space works more efficiently.
2. Containers: Store-bought inserts can also help increase the amount of items cabinets can hold, much like cabinet cubbies. Plate racks, Lazy Susans, vertical cookie sheets, and so much more can help hold everything in its rightful place.
3. Tools with a Purpose: Try incorporating purposeful tools into your kitchen. Magnetic spice containers, for example, are a great way to clear up counter space or cabinet space since they can stick to the side of your refrigerator.
4. Out of Sight: Items that you don’t use as frequently, but maybe need easy access to, can be stored in cute bins and baskets on top of cabinets where they are out of the way. If they are items that won’t be used quite as much, consider using a container that has a lid so you can keep the dust out.
5. Cubbies: Cabinet cubbies, rather than open shelving, kind of force your hand and make you keep everything organized. This way you are less likely to have cluttered mess looming behind the cabinet door.

We would love to see how you’ve organized your space, or even if you feel like you need a little help and you’re looking for suggestions! Share photos of your cabinets with us on Facebook (@hawthornegardensapts) and don’t forget to follow our page so you can keep up with everything we share each month.

Have you tried organizing your cabinets and find you’re still struggling to find a place for everything? It’s possible that there simply isn’t enough space in your home. If this sounds like the situation you’re facing, schedule a tour of Hawthorne Gardens! Our community is nestled on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland, which creates a quiet and rural-like community. As if that wasn’t enough, we offer multiple floor plans built to fit your needs! 

The Benefits of Renting from Hawthorne Gardens

Sacha R - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
There are many apartment communities that don’t give the residents the feeling of “home”; this is not the case for Hawthorne Gardens. While living in our rural-like community our residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which make life much easier and more comfortable. 

Life at Hawthorne Gardens

Hawthorne Gardens offers floor plans which include one, two, and three bedroom layouts with private entrances. Many of our floor plans include a private patio or balcony as well as a gas fireplace! This creates the perfect atmosphere for beginning or ending your day in peace and the comfort of your own home. Residents that are hosting events such as family get-togethers or gatherings for work have the luxury of using the Clubhouse at Hawthorne Gardens. This creates an atmosphere and setting that many people desire. 

Each of our apartments include a full-size washer and dryer so that residents can do their laundry at their leisure and not have to worry about sharing the machines with their neighbors, or having to spend the day at the laundromat. Residents also have exclusive use of state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Center which saves them time, as well as money, since they will no longer need a monthly gym membership. Our Fitness Center is also available to residents 24/7 so there’s no need to feel rushed to come home right away and get a good workout in. 

We also pride ourselves with the ability to provide our residents with a friendly management team as well as an experienced maintenance crew. Hawthorne Garden’s maintenance staff is available 24/7 and strives to make your experience with our community as enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about Hawthorne Gardens, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. When you’re part of our community, you’ll love where you live!

How to Quickly Fill a Blank Wall in Your Apartment

Nancy Smith - Monday, July 09, 2018

When it comes to renting an apartment, decorating your space shouldn’t feel difficult or restricted. If you prefer a minimal design, but still want to cover some of the white space, hanging a tapestry is a quick solution that will give you the design you desire without taking up a lot of your time. 

Hanging Tapestries in Your Home in 3 Ways

The ideal solution for your design needs can be accomplished with a beautiful tapestry in a matter of mere minutes. Not only can they bring a focal point to a room, but they can serve other purposes such as giving additional insulation to a wall, and creating a modern age headboard. Depending on how crafty or DIY-inclined you are, there are a few ways to hang a tapestry without putting too many holes in your walls.

• Use a curtain rod: While leaving minimal damage to your walls, curtain rods are an excellent way to display tapestries. It also gives you a few options, you can either purchase hooks or clamps to hang the piece, or if you know how to sew, you can create an opening for the rod. Curtain rods are also great when it comes to weight distribution so you won’t have to worry about the rod giving into the tapestry’s weight – assuming you buy one that is sturdy enough.
• Use a dowel: Create a pocket in your tapestry for the rod by either sewing or using fusible fabric bonding agent. Once you have the rod threaded through the pocket, attach an eye hook to both ends so that you can secure the yarn, string, or rope you have chosen. This method will allow you to put only one hole in your wall. If your tapestry is heavier, you should choose a substantial hook for the wall.
• Wooden wall mount: If you have the creative ability, or know someone who does, you can cut a piece of wood to size then stain or paint it to coordinate with your overall décor scheme. Once it has dried, you can attach the tapestry to the back of the wood with either a bonding agent or a staple gun. Next you can either attach hooks on either end of the back to secure it to your wall, or use a decorative yarn or rope as suggested in the dowel method. 

Whether it’s a piece you inherited from a grandparent, or a flea market bargain, you can hang it in a way that represents your unique style but in a way that is still renter-friendly. Perhaps it’s the size of your apartment that is the issue and you’ve run out of space to hang your tapestry. Hawthorne Gardens has a variety of floor plans that can suit your needs. From one bedroom options to layouts with a den, you will find a layout that you will want to call your home. Schedule a tour with us today! 

Is Your Linen Closet Harming Your Skin?

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
At the end of a long, busy day the last thing we think about is what the cotton sheets and pillowcases on our bed can do to our hair and skin. Many cotton blends we adorn our beds with are equipped with moisture-wicking technology which sounds great, but, sometimes it takes too much moisture that our hair and skin actually benefit from. 

How Cotton Might Hurt You in Your Sleep

While it feels nice against our skin, especially as we head off to dreamland, cotton is not the best material for your sleeping routine. Cotton and cotton blend materials are created to wick moisture away from your body, which makes them ideal for gym apparel or an afternoon spent in the sun. But, when it wicks moisture from your body for a prolonged period of time, such as sleeping, it can cause your hair to become coarse or brittle. It can also cause premature fine lines or even acne. 

If you have experienced any of these issues, it could be worth it to switch your pillowcases and bedsheets with a material, such as satin, that still feels nice against your skin but does not do as much harm. Take some time to go through your linen closet and decide what sets can stay and which should be replaced.  

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

One of the nice things about living at Hawthorne Gardens is the fact that our apartments are equipped with spacious closets so there’s plenty of room for your new sheets and towel sets. Our closets won’t leave you feeling as though your possessions are overcrowded or that you don’t have enough space! To take a tour of our apartments, and to become a resident, contact us today to schedule a tour!

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