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Need Roommate Advice? 5 Tips to Live Together Successfully

In the ten years between 2005 to 2015, the number of adults aged 25 to 34 living with other housemates grew 39 percent. There are lots of reasons to have a roommate, from needing to keep rent costs down to liking the social aspect of living with other people.

Regardless of your reasons for living with a roommate, there are times when sharing a home with another person can get tricky. Even if your roommate is your best friend, different schedules or habits can make living together difficult.

Instituting a few simple rules and being conscious of your own behavior can go a long way in making a challenging roommate situation more bearable. After all, you should always feel comfortable and respected in your own home.

Below, we’re providing roommate advice that should make your living situation a lot happier, for you and others.

Read on to learn more.

1. Establish Rules for Tough Situation

One of the best pieces of roommate advice to follow is agreeing to some clear-cut rules. Ideally, you and your potential roommate would do this before moving in together, but it’s never too late.

Think of all the tricky situations that might come up that you would want standards for, like what happens if someone is going to be late on the rent or how to split any repair costs that will inevitably arise.

Being proactive about establishing these rules — rather than trying to come up with them as a reaction to an actual instance — will help keep emotions out of it.

2. Play to Your Strengths

Division of labor should be equal between you and your roommate, but that doesn’t mean you each have to take a turn at the same chores.

If you love vacuuming but hate doing the dishes and your roommate is happy to do the dishes but hates vacuuming, there’s no reason for you both to suffer.

Just make sure that you both agree to the terms of any chore agreement you make and can hold each other accountable. You should also both be willing to revisit the decision if one person changes their mind.

3. Have a Scheduled Check-In

On a recurring basis — once a week or once a month — you and your roommate should sit down, just you. Schedule this check-in ahead of time, and stick to your schedule.

It’s important to be able to discuss issues that have come up since your last check-in, or to determine if the old rules you made are still working. Letting things go unspoken can easily lead to resentment and an impossible living situation.

4. Have a Life Outside of the House

Even if you and your roommate are close friends, it’s important that you don’t do everything together. You live with this person, so having some social separation is healthy.

That doesn’t mean you have to avoid them, and there may be opportunities for you to go to events together or co-host other mutual friends for celebrations at your place. But you also shouldn’t feel guilty if you need some time apart.

5. Document Expenses

Living with someone necessarily leads to shared expenses, whether it’s the bill for the Internet you both use or a grocery run for milk to share.

Keep a shared document where you can track who is paying for what, and add everything to it, no matter how small the expense seems at the time. Handling money in a practical and straightforward manner ensures everyone is contributing their fair share.

Ready to Put This Roommate Advice Into Action?

Living with a roommate can be complicated, but whether for financial reasons or social ones, it’s often worth it. So long as you follow these simple tips, you can establish a roommate relationship that works for both of you.

To explore housing options for living with roommates, please contact us.

Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipes

chocolate cake

January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day. Indulge in your sweet tooth and get to baking with our guide to perfecting the chocolate cake with these handy and delicious recipe ideas.

One Bowl Milk Chocolate Cake With Chocolate-Caramel Frosting

This easy recipe mixes moist milk chocolate cake with sweet yet savory caramel frosting for a gooey and delicious treat.

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Rich chocolate melds with crisp peppermint and creamy vanilla ice cream for a texture of flavors.

Chocolate Sour Cream Zucchini Cake With Chocolate Glaze

You don’t have to totally destroy your diet by sneaking some vegetables into this flavorful chocolate cake. Sour cream and a chocolate glaze add an extra bit of taste and depth.

Marble Bundt Cake

This classic cake makes a great afternoon tea snack. Use melted white chocolate in the vanilla portion of the cake to compliment the chocolate swirls.

Salted Caramel Ding Dong Cake

This recipe is a play on the lunchtime favorite treat but includes a smooth ganache and sprinkling of sea salt to add texture to the caramel.

Spiced Chocolate Torte

This pecan-accented cake includes chocolate buttercream and an espresso-infused ganache with dark and white chocolate ribbons for a pretty decoration.

Texas Sheet Cake

This moist chocolate sheet cake can feed an army in a hurry. Add chocolate frosting and crushed nuts for accent.

No matter what your favorite chocolate cake might be, you’ll be able to bake up a storm in the elegantly appointed kitchens in the Creekside at Northlake community. Each apartment in Creekside at Northlake includes a huge kitchen and breakfast bar along with oversized walk-in closets and private baths, and well-appointed balconies and outdoor storage areas.

Every day at Creekside at Northlake feels like living in a resort. Situated just north of Ft. Worth, the community includes other spectacular amenities such as a stocked fishing lake, walking and jogging trails, a resort-style swimming pool, and an innovative fitness center. Many of the Northlake apartments also have lake views and wood-burning fireplaces for added luxury.

To get a real taste of the good life call us today to schedule a visit at Creekside at Northlake at (855) 205-9533.

New Year’s Celebration Ideas

happy new yearGoing out for New Year’s Eve can be plenty of fun, but nothing beats throwing a great party with family and friends at your place. If you’re hosting at your apartment this year, break out your DIY essentials and have a ball preparing for the moment when the clock strikes midnight with these simple party ideas.

4 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

1. Countdown Bags

Staying in with your loved ones this year? Decorate countdown bags, one for each hour leading up to midnight, and fill them with fun tasks that everyone in your party has to complete. Be sure to fill the bags with prizes, too, so that whoever completes the task first, wins! Some great party favor ideas include disposable cameras, noisemakers and confetti.

2. Balloon Drop

Who says you have to be in NYC to be a part of a fantastic balloon drop at midnight? DIY your very own balloon drop with a few simple party items and give your guests a reason to get up and celebrate at the end of the night! Make yours extra special by adding confetti and party favors to the mix as well.

3. NYE Bingo

Keep party guests burning the midnight oil by making sure they have plenty of fun activities to participate in, including bingo! You can find free printer-friendly bingo game boards online and jazz them up to fit your party theme. Decorate them with silver and gold, balloon stickers and more!

4. Decorate a New Year’s Tree

Still have your holiday tree taking up space in your apartment? Don’t put it away just yet! Keep your tree out and decorate is specifically for NYE with gold and silver, party hats, noisemakers and lights. Your guests will love having a festive spot to take pictures.

Enjoy a Safe and Happy New Year

With so many fun party ideas, there’s no excuse not to celebrate this year. For more great apartment living ideas or to take a look at our pet-friendly apartments in Northlake, visit us online today.

3 Fabulous Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

cinnamon cakeEnjoy planning your Thanksgiving meal in Creekside at Northlake apartments in Northlake, and consider making one of these fabulous Thanksgiving cake recipes. Read on to learn how to make your holiday even sweeter!

Pumpkin Torte

Mix 1 yellow cake mix, 4 large eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup oil, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and beat for 2 minutes.  Transfer to two 9-inch round baking pans lined with greased parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes and remove to cool completely.  Beat one 8-ounce package cream cheese until fluffy, slowly add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.  Fold in 16 ounces whipped topping.  Create four cake layers and spread each with icing.  Top with 1/4 cup caramel topping and toasted pecans, and prepare to delight your guests.

Moist Pumpkin Bunt Cake

Blend 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup oil together.  Add 3 eggs one at a time while beating.  Combine 3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 of nutmeg, 1/4 ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Add egg mixture to 15 ounces solid-packed pumpkin, adding a little at a time, and then to the dry ingredients.  Bake for 60-65 minutes at 350 degrees, cool for 10 minutes before inverting it to wire rack.  Cool and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and celebrate pumpkin season in style.

Spice Cake Bars with Salted Carmel Icing

Combine spice cake mix, 3/4 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1 large egg.  Beat for 2 minutes and transfer to a 13×9 prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, remove and cool in the pan.  Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup cubed butter over medium heat to a boil.  Reduce and simmer for 3 minutes, and then add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Immediately spread over cake, sprinkle with salt, and let cool before cutting into bars. Spice up your life!

Contact the Creekside at Northlake apartments and explore our fantastic amenities in an ideal location, finding the perfect apartment home to enjoy these sweet treats.

Treat Yourself to a Boston Cream Pie

bakery displayGet ready for October 23 to celebrate Boston Cream Pie Day throughout the country. Creekside at Northlake is excited about this day, and took a look around the area to find some of the best places to find this delicious treat. Whether you can make Boston cream pie on your own, or you’d rather try out one of our favorite bakeries in the area, here are some great spots to find Boston cream pie on October 23.

Ravelin Bakery in Denton

Ravelin Bakery in Denton may be a few miles away, but it is worth taking a trip to this delicious bakery. Located at 416 S Elm St in Denton, it’s a short trip to find some of the best pastry and pie in the area. With options that include gluten-free, you can find the perfect treat at Ravelin’s on any day of the week.

The Flour Shop Bakery in Highland Village

The Flour Shop Bakery in Highland Village is sure to have some Boston cream pie on October 23. You can find the Flour Shop Bakery at 1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 150 over in Highland Village. Take the time to check out all this bakery has to offer and you may find that you are a frequent visitor to this establishment.

Oak Street Pie Company

Oak Street Pie Company has a pie for every occasion, and you can expect that this great establishment will celebrate national Boston Cream Pie Day in style. Check out this bakery at 110 North Oak Street in Roanoke, and see all of their delicious offerings. Pie is their specialty and if you love Boston cream pie, you are sure to love their signature version.

If you are looking to live in apartments in Northlake, Creekside at Northlake has a variety of floor plans for you to choose from. Give us a call today at (855) 205-9533 to see what we have available now!

Decorating with Fall Leaves

fall leaves under shoes

Residents of apartments in Northlake are now anticipating the arrival of fall weather. With the crisp air, cool nights and pumpkin spice just around the corner, you may want to start decorating your apartment to reflect the season. There is no better way to show your appreciation for fall than to decorate with fall leaves. Here are a few ideas for fun fall leaf decorations.

Fall Leaves in Your Northlake Apartments

Chalk it up to fall vibes. To show fall leaves in your Northlake apartments, there are several fun and easy options. A “Welcome to Our Home” sign is a charming project that can show fall leaves beautifully. You’ll need a small chalkboard, glue gun, chalkboard paint, and artificial fall leaves. Add the leaves to the outer edges of the chalkboard using a glue gun, leaving plenty of room to write in the middle. Add your custom welcome message to the middle of the chalkboard and you’re done!

Branching out for the season. Another fun fall leaf project is a fall leaf hanging. You’ll need only a sturdy branch, clear fishing line, and artificial leaves. Tie the leaves individually to the branch using the fishing line, hanging them at varying lengths for a unique and natural look.

Twinkle, twinkle little jar. Fall inspires a feeling of coziness, and nothing exemplifies that better than tiny lanterns. You’ll need only mason jars, artificial leaves, a glue gun, and electric tea lights to create these lanterns. Adhere the artificial leaves to the exterior of the mason jars with the glue gun, overlapping them to cover the whole jar. Pop an electric tea light in the bottom of the jar for a safe and attractive light source for the cozy fall nights coming up.

Need a Cozy Apartment Home in Northlake to Come Home to This Fall?

Creekside at Northlake has a vacation resort feel, with a fully stocked lake, swimming pool, jogging trails and beautiful apartment homes. Contact us to learn about the available floor plans!

4 Relaxing Hobbies to Try

ball of knitting yarnCoupling relaxation time with a hobby turns up the fun. Not only does the mind and body get a chance to calm down and relax, but you have time do something you enjoy, as well. Let’s dive into a few relaxing hobbies one can engage in and around your Northlake apartment:

Swimming

At Creekside at Northlake, residents have access to a beautiful resort-style swimming pool, allowing you to enjoy a swim and cool down at the same time. Swimming and pool-related hobbies are also great exercise for the body. Furthermore, it is an age-inclusive activity and is especially beneficial to persons with arthritis.

If you’re looking to connect with nature, Lake Grapevine is just a short distance away, where one can enjoy boat rides, kayaking and fishing.

Crafting

Creekside at Northlake apartments offer spacious private balconies in select units. On the balcony, you can set up and indulge in handmade crafts while overlooking the beautiful surrounding scenery. Crafting projects like knitting, scrapbooking and other do-it-yourself projects can keep you occupied while relaxing your mind. It is also a creative outlet to relieve stress. Crafting is a great activity to unwind and pass the time, and affords you quality moments with loved ones.

Photography

Creekside at Northlake apartments has a close proximity to some beautiful, inspiring natural sites perfect for photography. Photos help you appreciate the beauty around you while documenting it. Photography is soothing, satisfying and nurtures a positive outlook.

Take a Nature Walk with a Pet

If you don’t have a pet, try finding a neighbor who will let you take theirs for a stroll. Walking is a good cardiovascular exercise that lowers stress levels, boosts vitamin D and promotes positivity.

Experience your hobby like never before while residing at Creekside at Northlake. Contact us for more information on available floor plans. Come and experience amenities and nature at its best!

 

Decorating With The Tropical Trend

potted palmsSummer breezes in Northlake, Texas can make your apartment home feel like a tropical oasis. When it comes to your home’s decor, consider these decorative tips to turn your Northlake apartment into paradise.

Tropical Touches

Whether you plan to decorate every room or a just one room, there are several ways to add a visual touch of tropical pizzazz for indoor atmosphere and outdoor comfort.

One way to create a tropical mood is with an accent wall. Select a wall or walls that receive ample sunlight use removable wallpaper in a festive motif. Accent the wall with mirrors to reflect the decor of the room.

Carry the color theme throughout the apartment.

Indoor Decor

Purchase wicker or rattan furniture with neutral-colored cushions. Accentuate the pieces with colorful throws and pillows in red, blue, orange, yellow or green.

For window treatments, use light sheers that billow in the breeze and create filtered lighting.

Accessorize each room with tropical pieces such as decorative vases and flowers, colorful plates, wall art, seashells, driftwood, palms, and hanging plants.

Use bamboo area rugs to add to the atmosphere.

Outdoor Decor

Continue the tropical theme with select pieces of outdoor furniture for your patio or balcony.

Select weather-resistant pieces made from rattan-like material such as a table, chairs and loungers, or a small loveseat with patterned cushions.

Make the mood cozy by using candle-filled lanterns to cast a soft light.

Add privacy to the area with strategically placed palms. You can use live, container-grown palms or go with artificial, lifelike palm fronds. Palm leaves add a splash of tropical atmosphere and color to the outdoor space.

Add the musical lilt of wind chimes to the balcony scene. The tinkling music as the wind wafts through is reminiscent of ocean breezes.

When you’re ready to make the move, contact us about availability at our friendly community!

Make the Most of a Day at Lake Grapevine

lake kayakOur Creekside at Northlake apartments offers numerous features and amenities, including close proximity to some of the most inspiring natural sites in the area. Lake Grapevine is one such destination.

Located in Dallas/Fort Worth and just north of Grapevine, this 8,000-acre lake is an ideal site for outdoor recreational activities. Whether you’re a true outdoor sportsperson or just appreciate being out in nature, Grapevine Lake has something for everyone.

Fishing and Boating

There’s plenty for anglers and boaters to do on Lake Grapevine. With piers, marinas, boat ramps and plenty of hidden fishing spots along the shore, Lake Grapevine is a boater’s and angler’s paradise. You can also rent boats for fishing and recreation.

Hiking Near Creekside at Northlake Apartments

Whether you like to walk, run or ride, there are miles and miles of hiking trails all around Lake Grapevine. Best of all, the trailheads aren’t very far from Creekside at Northlake.

Camping and Cabin Rentals

Lake Grapevine also has campgrounds for those who really like to immerse themselves in natural surroundings. Enjoy plenty of greenery and a designated place to set up camp for overnight stays. If you want to stay right near the lake but want at least a few of the amenities of modern life, cabin rental at Lake Grapevine is the perfect compromise.

Kayaking

If you love to be on the water in an up-close and personal way, kayaking is the way to do it. Bring your own and ease it into the water yourself at one of the boat landings, or rent kayaks right on Lake Grapevine. Kayaking is an amazing way to explore the lake and the shoreline.

If you live at our Creekside at Northlake apartment homes, you’ll be just minutes away from Lake Grapevine and all of these invigorating activities. Living here is almost like being at a vacation resort!

All floor plans are appointed with walk-in closets, bathrooms with relaxing garden tubs and full-sized washer and dryer connections. Make our Northlake apartments your new home today!

Transitioning Your Decor from Spring to Summer

Bright Living RoomCreekside at Northlake Apartments offers quality living in a cool and comfortable space. If you’re looking to easily transition your apartment home from spring to summer, try using these affordable tips to keep your living space festive and trendy. Spoiler alert: It’s all about color.

Color Changes to Consider

The spring colors for 2017 offered a muted medium tonal range, which was a change from the typical pastels of the season. Summer looks to enhance that spring color palette by dropping down the tonal scale: Think taking bright yellow to mustard to honey mustard. For summer colors, try mixing cool colors with warm and savory colors such as roasted pumpkin, honey, terracotta, robin egg blue, and dusty greens.

Easy Tips for Summer Decor

Throw in some throw pillows. An easy way to add summer color to your apartment is to change the covers on your throw pillows or add in a throw or two. You’ll instantly brighten your mornings and cool your afternoons!

Use area rugs. Strategically placing a few small area rugs in a room offers a dramatic seasonal change. A great place for an area rug is the floor area at the kitchen sink. Not only does it offer a soft place to stand while you do dishes or cook, but it brings out the colors in other features in your kitchen!

Update your kitchen and bath towels. This is an affordable way to bring summer colors into your apartment. Don’t forget to add matching pot holders, placemats, and napkins to the mix, too!

One of the best features of seasonal decor is how easily small things store in a closet without taking up too much room. You can benefit from the burst of color that makes your apartment a home, without a huge investment or loss of space.

Want a better Northlake, Texas apartment living space? Call us to learn more about the available floor plans at Creekside at Northlake Apartments!