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5 Ways to Go Green While Grocery Shopping

Vegetables at Grocery StoreIf visiting farmer’s markets and liquidating your paychecks at specialty grocery stores doesn’t sound like an appealing way to go green, don’t worry! You can shop at any supermarket near our Grand Prairie apartments and still be kind to the environment. Here are 5 tips to help you get started.

1. Walk the Perimeter

The inside aisles of most stores are where you will find refined, processed foods that take more energy and resources to create than the produce, dairy and meats found in the outer aisles.

2. Look for Local 

Whether you’re choosing locally produced food or finished items like bread and tortillas, choosing local not only means your food is probably fresher, but it also had a much shorter trip to your store.

3. Try Organics

Although organic foods can be a bit more expensive than their conventional counterparts, organic foods tend to skip chemical additives that can be dangerous to the earth (and you!). Foods that are 100% organic are best, but even foods that are simply made with organic ingredients are better than conventional ones.

4. Less Packaging

Have you ever opened a box or a bag of something only to find another sealed package inside? From cereal to cookies to bread, an excess of packaging is everywhere. Look for foods with minimal packaging, and try reusable produce bags to cut down even further.

5. Speaking of Bags

Packing up your purchases is another place to cut down on environmental waste, too. The best option is to choose sturdy, reusable bags that avoid waste altogether. If you forget your bags at home or don’t want the hassle, bring your used plastic bags back to the supermarket and drop them in the recycling bin to keep them out of the landfill.

Green Living Made Easy

Being close to many major grocers and retailers are only one of the ways we make green living easy in our Grand Prairie apartments. To schedule a tour, contact Derby Park Apartments today.

3 Little Known Facts About Grand Prairie

Are you thinking about moving to an apartment in Grand Prairie? You’re sure to love living in this northeast Texas town, what with all the great community events, downtown shopping and dining and access to beautiful public art. If you’ve been doing your research, you might think you know all there is to know about Grand Prairie. However, these three little known facts might surprise you.

Fact 1

Grand Prairie’s unique location means it’s actually situated in three separate counties. Depending on who you ask, you’ll hear Grand Prairie called a suburb of either Forth Worth or Dallas. The city has a small town feel without actually being all that small. In fact, Grand Prairie is the 15th most populated city in Texas. We are a close-knit community that has the excitement of a big city.

Fact 2

The original name of Grand Prairie was Dechman, named after Alexander McRae Dechman who settled the area in 1863. He ended up trading half the township to T&P Railroad in exchange for having the tracks run through Dechman.

However, since T&P Railroad owned half the land in town, this created confusion with the US Postal Service. That’s why in 1909, the town was renamed Grand Prairie due to its location in the beautiful grand prairie separating Dallas and Fort Worth.

Fact 3

Quite a few famous people were born in Grand Prairie. Some of the most well known include:

  • Singer and actress Selena Gomez
  • Young and the Restless actor and Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller
  • Former Washington Redskins player and Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor
  • Retired major league baseball pitcher Kerry Woods

If Grand Prairie sounds like the right place for you to find a high-end apartment, contact Derby Park Apartments today! Our beautiful floor plans and high-end amenities make this a great place to live. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Downtown Dallas, Texas

The Differences Between Dallas and Arlington

People who have never been to Arlington or Dallas might assume the two cities are similar. They are right next to one another on the map, and they are in what’s known as the “Metroplex” area of North Texas. These two cities, however, are actually quite different in a number of ways.
1) Population. Dallas has many more people than Arlington does. Its population rounds out to approximately 1.26 million, while Arlington’s population is approximately 380,000.

2) Size. Dallas is also much larger than Arlington. The city of Dallas encompasses a whopping 385 square miles, while Arlington measures only about 100 square miles.

3) Traffic. Due to its size and population, Dallas has more highways and much more traffic than Arlington does. Many people actually commute to Dallas from Arlington to go to their daily jobs.

4) Museums. Arlington does have a small museum of art, but Dallas has more museums and of various types. The museums in Dallas include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Museum of Art, and more.

5) Botanic gardens and zoos. Unfortunately, Arlington does not have any botanic gardens, nor does it have any zoos. Dallas, however, has the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, as well as the Dallas Zoo and Dallas World Aquarium.

6) Restaurants. Both cities offer a variety of restaurants, but Dallas has more options that are both unique and award-winning. Places like Ziziki’s, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, and La Duni Latin cafe make Dallas a desirable place for both the city’s natives and visitors.

7) Night clubs. Arlington has a number of bars, including dive bar Caves, and chain World of Beer, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of the true night life experience. Dallas, particularly downtown Dallas, has numerous night clubs and dance clubs for many different tastes.

8) Skyline. While Arlington does not have a skyline, Dallas has one of the most gorgeous skylines in the country. It is made up of nineteen skyscrapers, all of which are a sight to behold during the day and also when they’re lit up at night.

 

Man at the Sea Artwork Hanging on a Gray Wall Inside an Architec

Five Affordable Ways to Add Artwork to Your Living Room

The living room is a great space in our homes to portray our creativity and personality. No wonder that the focus of home décor should always be on the living room. However, chances are that you might be running on a budget. Thus, adding affordable and easily available artwork could be the possible solution. Here are 5 affordable ideas to add artwork to your living room:

Print Your Own Photos: We live in a time where we’re able to carry a camera with us at all times that’s attached to our mobile smartphones. Better yet, these cameras take pretty quality photos. Run through your photo library and find some photos to have printed. You can get your own, beautiful photos blown up, framed, and/or printed on canvas to hang on your walls.

Add a Bit of Greenery: Get some plants for your home or apartment. Greenery substantially livens up your space. See if your neighbors or friends are ready to share some of their plants with you. Just in case they do, find out a pot to host the plants, and voila you have a good arrangement at your place.

Show your Books: Remember, there can be hardly be anything more beautiful than books. Bring out the best possible books from your collection and arrange them in a harmonious way. The result could be refreshingly handsome and creativity-inducing.

Go Retro: Find some old, vintage objects laying around your home to turn into your own art pieces. For example, a metal wheel, mason jars, and unused plywood can be painted, cleaned, and hung as decorative wall designs. These are also very versatile in the ways in which you can dress them up and put them to use.

Shop Local: The best thing about unique artwork is that it can be found just about anywhere. There are talented artists in every corner of the universe, and it can be really rewarding to support your local neighborhood artists. Search around and find someone who’s selling their artwork for less than market value to get their pieces recognized.

5 Creative Holiday Party Theme Ideas

Joyful People

The holidays are here, and you’re looking for a unique holiday party theme. Although white elephant gift exchanges and Christmas potlucks are seamless ways to entertain guests, sometimes it’s a good idea to spruce things up a bit.

Here are some holiday party theme ideas that are fun, original, and sure to leave your guests in the holiday spirit.

  • Christmas Carol Karaoke- After a couple of drinks, who doesn’t love karaoke? Okay, not everyone. However, if you like to get a little vocal at your festivities, throw a Christmas Carol Karaoke party. If you have some shy guests, ask them to deliberate as a panel of judges. This is a guaranteed entertaining and hilarious party idea.
  • Home Alone- This classic, Christmas film tends to get lost among the vast collection of Christmas movies nowadays. However, it must not be forgotten as it is a glorious tradition for this time of year. Make up some booby trap games, wear your favorite Christmas sweaters and snow hats, and set up a photo booth for your best Kevin McAllister impression.
  • Christmas Around the World- Double up your Christmas party as both a festive get-together as well as a way to get a little cultured. Have everyone choose a country, or make up teams for said countries if you have a lot of guests coming, and have each assigned country bring dishes, drinks, and gifts as well as wear ensembles based on their Christmas tradition.
  • Christmas Morning Brunch- Many Christmas parties are held at night with eggnog, fires, and gifts. What if we switched it up a bit and threw the celebration in the morning, brunch-style? Complete with keesh, coffee, pancakes, mimosas, and pajamas, you’ll be able to dine and open gifts in a cozier atmosphere this year.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas- Halloween isn’t the only time of the year that costumes are appropriate. Throw a Nightmare Before Christmas party with face paint, creepy decorations, and dark dessert ideas.

10 Major Factors in Relocating to a New City

Moving to a new neighborhood requires a lot of planning and thought. This will be a new place that you’ll call home and where you’ll spend all of your time. Time is of essence, and you should take your time seriously.

Whether you’re considering taking a new job, uniting with a loved one, seeking a new adventure, or just looking for a change of scenery, here are 10 of the main things to consider when deciding where to live.

  • Weather- This is a big one. Does it rain a lot? How cold does it get in the winter? How dry is the air? The weather plays a big role in the functions of our bodies and minds, especially when it comes to allergies, skin type, and proneness to illness.
  • Economy- How solid is the economy? Do a little research to find statistics on the job market, tax rate, and real estate costs to see what you’re up against as well as if it aligns with your goals.
  • Cost of Living- Sometimes, you can pay the same amount for 200 square feet that you’d pay for a 2 bedroom, single-family home depending on the location. Look at the average cost of living in different areas to decide if it works with your budget.
  • Traffic- Sitting in traffic may seem like a small factor, but it will play a significant role in your day-to-day commute. Make sure you’re prepared if the city you’re moving to has heavy traffic.
  • Landscape- Do you like the mountains or the plains? How close are you to the ocean? Aligning your hobbies to your landscape is important.
  • State Laws- Laws are a sneaky one; they can surprise you in a new state. For example, single men in Missouri need to pay $1.00 every year in taxes just for being single and male.
  • Safety- Feeling safe in your new home is part of feeling at home. Research the crime rate and if you’re comfortable with it.
  • Family- If your family doesn’t live in your destination, are they easily accessible? This is a good thing to consider, especially when it comes to holidays, kids, and travel.
  • Culture- The culture between Jackson, Tennessee and Las Vegas, Nevada are extremely different. One embodies serenity and quiet while the other offers constant action and excitement.
  • Population- Simply, how many people live there? In New York, New York it’s hard to find even a moment to yourself. However, in Gardner, Kansas you  may not see another human for a month at a time.

How Gated Communities Benefit Your Living Experience

Mention the words “gated community,” and a number of things come to mind. They include vitals like exclusivity, safety, and security. There are a number of benefits in living a gated community lifestyle in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The top reasons why you should choose a gated community among all other kind of living options include:

Exclusivity: This is the primary reason for people opting to stay in gated communities. Everyone who wishes to enter this exclusive zone must first bypass the gate. It means that no stray individual can willingly enter the neighborhood. As a resident of such an exclusive place, only you and a few other like-minded persons can enjoy your surroundings. The city traffic is kept out. You will also feel part of the aristocracy.

Security: This is another important factor when it comes to you enjoying a higher quality of life. You feel secured when you live within these limits. Safety measures are present to ensure that you remain immune from the problems behind those walls. The sight of cameras are routine, and the securely locked gates can only be opened with a special key or by entering a security code. It is no wonder that gated communities enjoy much lower crime rates compared to other non-gated communities and neighborhoods.

Privacy: This is another one of the many pros of living in a gated community. The walls surrounding the entire property give it a secluded feel. As a resident, you do not have to worry about strange people coming and going at odd hours.

Serenity: The serenity of the gated community will elevate your quality of life. The gated life is much quieter. The enclosed space barres a lot of noise. Excellent landscaping and the presence of a groundskeeper to take care of the trees, bushes and lions only add to higher quality of life.

There are a number of reasons as to why you will buy a home within a Grand Prairie gated community. It offers a sense of exclusivity, privacy and security.