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Hosting a Fourth of July Event

summer hamburgersAre you thinking of skipping the crowded bustle and noise of the large-scale public fireworks displays this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A big crowd is definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, a Fourth of July party doesn’t have to be a huge production to be successful. All you really need are friends, family and food to have a great time. Here are a few ideas for hosting a Fourth of July event that everyone will enjoy!

The Food

The Fourth of July is usually accompanied by casual but delicious food. For an outdoor event, it’s hard to go wrong with traditional favorites like burgers and hot dogs, fresh off a hot grill, with some grilled corn on the cob or veggie kabobs as sides. Don’t forget the watermelon to finish off the meal with a refreshing, sweet treat!

Drinks and Desserts

Since it will, after all, be a Texas July, consider making light and refreshing desserts, like a  Key Lime Pie or fruit sorbet. Set out big pitchers of sparkling lemonade or iced tea to drink to keep your guests hydrated and happy!

Be Considerate and Responsible

Please remember that shooting off any fireworks, even small ones, is not allowed. This is more than a request for courtesy within our Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie, it applies to the entire city. We ask that our residents abide by these laws. If there will be children attending your party who might be disappointed by the lack of fireworks, consider trading sparklers for glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces to play with after it gets dark!

However you choose to spend your Fourth of July this year, please stay safe and have a great time. If you aren’t yet a member of our community, give our office a call! We are always happy to discuss floor plan availability with our potential new residents.

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.

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.