Five Smart Safety Rules for Biking

road-bike-594164_640

Spring is a great time to be outdoors doing fun activities. One of the best ways to get around is bicycling because you can enjoy the weather and get in exercise. Using a bike is an ideal form of transportation. It is important that you steer clear of risks.Check out these bike safety tips that can keep you steady on the road.

First, wear a helmet. This is the most obvious. In case you should fall, your head is protected and that is the most important part.

Check your bike for comfort, brakes, and that all parts are working properly. Do a test before you venture out on the road.

Make sure you are visible in public. Wear bright clothing and use lights or reflectors at night so drivers can see you.

Ride in designated areas for bicycles. Don’t try to go into traffic, it could get you hurt. Stay in safe zones.

When riding, stay focused on your surroundings. Know where you are going and keep a lookout for potential obstacles.

These tips will keep you safe on your travels. Ride your bike to different places, explore, and have fun.

Tips for Cell Phone Etiquette

beautiful-15742_640

The cell phone has not only become necessary, but it seems to have become a normal accessory for just about everyone. Do you sometimes find that you’re annoyed by the culture and attitude that cell phones bring? There are unwritten rules and etiquette when it comes to the cell phone use. Here are a few phone etiquette tips you may be interested in knowing:

  • The 10 foot rule. When taking a call you should move about 10 feet from others, they don’t want to hear the conversation.
  • Turn that phone off. Some places, such as the theater, are not a place for cell phones. Watch the movie and let others watch without distraction.
  • No need to shout. There is no need to carry a conversation so loudly; if they can’t hear you then call back later.
  • Avoid multi-tasking. Don’t talk on the phone while you’re checking out at a grocery store, ordering a meal, or driving.
  • Ignore the phone while eating. If you are out having dinner with someone or on a date, give your attention to them not the cell phone.

Three Great Recipe Ideas for Your Next Party

food-453830_640

Are you thinking about having some people over for a get-together? Then check out some of these great recipes. There is sure to be a dish that you won’t want to be without.

Chips and salsa. Chips and salsa are a staple for most parties. If you want to try a variation, you can sweeten the chips and salsa snacks with this recipe: the Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips. Everyone will want this fresh and sweet treat.

Grilling chicken. Give everyone something new off the grill, not just your standard grilled chicken, by making up some Barbecue Chicken Pizzas. Everyone is sure to love the rustic flavor you’ll get from the grill.

Don’t forget dessert. You already have that grill going, right? Try out one of the grilled dessert recipes, such as the Pot of S’mores. The best part is that it’s easy; the recipe uses a dutch oven style of heating.

Three Essentials Items Every Apartment Should Have

ab

Setting up an apartment can be a daunting task. You aren’t always sure what you will need. However, there are a few things every apartment should have.

When apartment living, here are three essential items every apartment should have.

  • Every apartment dweller would really benefit from dimmers. They are handy to have and save on energy costs. They are very useful for creating a “mood” in your apartment. It is good to be able to adjust the lights as you need it.
  • Every comfortable home should be a clean one. So for all apartment dwellers, you should have a good vacuum. They are a real benefit for helping to keep the house clean.
  • Planning to hang your art is also essential. To make a room uniform the best way is to hang your art at 57″. It is a good rule of thumb for everyone who is decorating a room and making them more comfortable.

Be aware of the essentials for your apartment and take advantage of these three tips to help you make your space more comfortable. You can get more tips on apartment living by contacting us at LaVie SouthPark.

Become a Better Morning Person With These 5 Tips

coffee-869203_640

It’s not always easy to put on a happy face when your alarm sounds in the morning. However, you can make an effort to be happy in the morning. Make note of the following productivity tips on how to be a better morning person.

  • In an attempt to wake up earlier each morning, try to cut an hour from each of your days. This way you won’t over commit yourself in the evenings. This will also give you an hour to relax and wind down from your day.
  • Eat a breakfast high in protein to kick start your day. Also, eat a fruit or a vegetable and a whole grain.
  • Reward yourself for getting up without hitting the snooze button. For instance, read the newspaper or savor a second cup of coffee.
  • Think about what you get to do that day, rather than what you have to do. Give yourself a pep talk to get yourself moving.
  • Get a workout in first thing in the morning.

Are you looking for a place to live in Charlotte? If that’s the case, contact us for information about our luxury apartment community or to see our apartments.

Navigating Your Way to Lower Heating Bills

heating-463904_640

When you’re looking to get to lower heating bills, you have to make a concerted effort to that end. Of course you don’t have to do anything all that off-the-wall but the heating aspect of your budget does have to remain at the fore. Here are some pretty plain courses for navigating the best ways to lower heating bills in your apartment.

Firm: Keeping your temperature output at a firm level is one of the simplest ways to keep your heating budget enforced. Setting a baseline temperature keeps your heating bills at a steady rate.

Samba: How low can you go? Once you’ve established a baseline, then see how much you can lower your heater. For every 2 degrees you cut back you can significantly reduce your heating costs.

Length: It’s a good idea though to keep your heating rate at the same levels for long periods of time. If you are going to be out of the house for work or sleeping ratcheting down your heat to as low as you can stand walking back into is a great way to reduce the costs.

Heating bills can be kept in check when you use these strategies.

3 Tips for Saving Money on Your Winter Energy Bills

coins-948603_640

When it’s cold outside it’s natural to want to turn up the heat. While being toasty adds to everyone’s comfort, it also adds to expenses. Fortunately, these tips for saving money on your winter energy bills will help you to stay on budget this season.

Bring in the humidity. A humidifier adds moisture to any space, making it warmer. You can either buy this handy accessory or invest in a few houseplants like Spider Plants, Boston Ferns and Areca Palm Trees, which all do the same thing naturally.

Light up with LED. Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LED light bulbs use 75 percent less energy. Replace those energy-zappers with LED light bulbs in your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room and common areas to lower energy and costs.

Bundle up. This easy fix requires just a few more layers to stay warm. Add extra clothing when chilling at the apartment and turn down the thermostat a bit for at least eight hours to enjoy extra savings.

Are you planning to incorporate these tips for saving money on your winter energy bills? If you’re interested in learning other ways to enhance everyday living, or if you’re thinking about moving, contact LaVie SouthPark for information.

Introducing LaVie SouthPark!

lavie

We proud to announce the introduction of LaVie SouthPark! Our 321 unit apartment complex, located in the chic SouthPark district of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the epitome of luxury apartment living with the finest amenities imaginable available onsite and in the surrounding area.

Managed by the reputable management group, Lincoln Property Company, LaVie offers its residents comfortable, serene living space in expertly designed studio, one, and two bedroom apartments. The bright, dazzling units are modern in design, with open floor plans, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The high ceilings and contemporary wood-style plank flooring combine perfectly to make the apartments at LaVie feel both spacious and cozy at the same time. Full-size washers and dryers and roomy walk-in closets come standard in each unit. Comfort and satisfaction are key at the LaVie complex and with various layouts offered, there is a space made to fit every lifestyle.

The design team at LaVie SouthPark is confident that life in this complex feels more like a visit to the finest resort rather than merely a place to call home. From the naturally preserved landscape to the well appointed onsite facilities, life at LaVie gives residents the opportunity to unwind and relax right outside their front door. A two-story health complex boasts a yoga studio and the latest in fitness equipment. In the clubroom, flat screen TV’s, billiards, and poker tables are available for social events. The outdoor salt water pool, open demonstration kitchen, fire pit, and aqua sundeck afford LaVie residents the opportunity to unwind in the fresh air of the outdoor recreation areas. Also on the four acres of property are a wooded walking trail, pond, and even a two-acre dog park to keep the four legged residents happy.

The building is the first in the region to offer fiber-wired Ultimate wideband high speed internet. The business center, with WiFi, Mac stations, a Starbucks coffee bar, and designated meeting space, helps make working from home simple and proficient. Regularly scheduled visits from local businesses to the complex, ranging from food trucks to a mobile car wash and detailing service, add to the vibrant feeling of the neighborhood. The trained, professional staff is there to make sure every resident’s needs are met with a superior level of care.

Within just minutes of LaVie are some of the finest shopping and dining options in the area, including the fabulous SouthPark Mall. Everything from technology and high fashion to pizza and sushi are available in the surrounding district. Premier shopping and culinary adventures close to home make the the LaVie area especially desirable to meet each individual’s unique needs.

At LaVie SouthPark, apartment living has never been so elegant and effortless. The rebrand of the complex has created a fabulous, retreat-like community in a fantastic location. Living life to the fullest comes standard here!

LaVie SouthPark, a Fresh New Brand for a Fresh Apartment Lifestyle

LaVie SouthPark, a Fresh New Brand for a Fresh Apartment Lifestyle

mod-57280_lavie

CHARLOTTE, NC–(Marketwired – Oct 7, 2016) – LaVie SouthPark, a 321 unit luxury lifestyle apartment community in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, has undergone a full rebrand. Formerly known as Crescent SouthPark, LaVie SouthPark emphasizes living life to the fullest, offering incredible outdoor spaces, spectacular amenities, open floor plans, and a location to be desired nearby high-end shops, restaurants, and the stunning SouthPark Mall.

LaVie SouthPark inspires community living, from on-site food truck visits, to monthly social events, mobile car wash and detailer arrangements, and even mobile dog grooming catering to LaVie’s several four legged residents.

Unwind on the four acres of preserved natural landscape, boasting 100 year old double oak trees alongside a serene pond with water feature. Stay active in the spa like, two-story health club with state of the art equipment alongside a yoga and barre studio. Swim and sun in the saltwater pool with aqua sundeck and lounging areas. Socialize and entertain in the chef-quality demonstration kitchen with flat screen TVs, poker and billiards tables, outdoor kitchen and fire pit areas. Stroll or take advantage of LaVie’s own bikes for resident use on the wooded walking trails around a scenic pond, or the two-acre Dog Park.

As the first fiber wired building in Charlotte, residents of LaVie SouthPark stay connected, offering Ultimate wideband high speed internet, HD digital cable and USB outlets. Working from home is a breeze in the business center with Mac stations, Wi-Fi, designated meeting space, and fresh-ground coffee from the Starbucks coffee bar. Inside, residents enjoy gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, spacious walk-in closets, wood-style plank flooring, and 36″ soaking tubs.

LaVie offers studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom floor plans and is under the professional management of Lincoln Property Company, the second largest multifamily manager in the United States.