CONQUER THE COLD WITH OUR WINTER BUCKET LIST

Conquer the Cold with our Winter Bucket List

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Winter is one of our favorite times of the year because it means spending quality time with family and setting goals for the next year! Check out our Winter Bucket List to enjoy the cold weather and bring in the new year right! 

 

Winter Bucket List

Play in the snow

There are so many fun things to do in the snow like make snow angels, snow forts, and of course snowmen!

Get cozy by the fire  

Cuddle up next to your fireplace with a new best selling book you got for the holidays. Or just cuddle up with your loved one, either will do.

Perfect hot chocolate

You’re probably thinking, “hot chocolate is already perfect”. We promise you’ll be wowed when you add Nutella or this surprise ingredient, because everything goes well with chocolate!

Holiday shopping

Shopping is a fun year round activity, but during the winter months and holiday season there is an added element of enjoyment.

Have a cookie swap party

Winter is the best time to bake. Invite some of your closest friends over for some wine and see who makes the best cookies! Who doesn’t like wine and cookies?

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating outside is one of our favorite winter activities. It’s great for large family outings and also makes for a very romantic date night.

Volunteer or donate

Tis’ the season to help out others and give back to the community. Donate toys to great organizations like Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army or search here to find volunteer opportunities in your local neighborhood.

Host a Christmas or New Years party

Whether you’re hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater party or a Gatsby style New Years Eve party, it’s the time of year to bring family and friends together to celebrate! (Make sure you have plenty of Eggnog for Christmas and champagne for New Years)

Watch classic Christmas movies with your family 

Start channel surfing for the best Christmas movie marathons. You may stumble on a National Lampoon’s marathon, Home Alone marathon, or if you’re on TBS you’ll most likely be watching A Christmas Story over and over again. Or you can just put Elf on repeat, just make sure you have plenty of candy, candy cane, candy corn, and maple syrup.

 

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Make spiked apple cider

If there was a drink that truly defined winter, it would be warm, spiked apple cider. While you can’t go wrong with the traditional combination of warm apple cider and whiskey, try these cider recipes with a twist.

Go see a Christmas show

Head to your local theater or performing arts center to catch a winter classic performance like the Nutcracker and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Send friends and relatives a family newsletter

Family newsletters are a great way to keep those close to you up to speed with everything that’s going on in your life. We do not recommend writing a novel, so consider these things when drafting your masterpiece!

Jam out to Christmas music

Radio stations around the country start gracing us with Christmas melodies the day after Thanksgiving. Pick out your favorite bands’ Christmas album and start singing along. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you’re still listening to it in July.

Take a spontaneous road trip

Surprise a friend or relative you haven’t seen in a while with a spontaneous road trip. This is the best time of the year to be around people you love!

Have a snowball fight

Tons of cities and towns around the country have started their own citywide snowball fight. Find out when your local snowball fight is and use these tips to come out victorious.

Make a gingerbread house

Set aside an afternoon putting together a gingerbread house with all the sweets and treats of the season. Don’t know where to begin? Here’s a helpful guide.

Go see the ZooLights

ZooLights have become another popular attraction during the winter months. Zoos across the country decorate their grounds with a magnificent display of holiday lights and it’s a must see for people of all ages!

Make your New Year’s resolutions 

Take a minute to reflect on your previous year and think about what you’d like to change in the next year. Set goals and promises to improve your well being and the well being of others around you. Challenge yourself to live a healthier lifestyle both mentally and physically!

Go on a brewery or winery tour

When you’re around family this winter, I’m sure things can get very hectic. That’s why we suggest finding a local brewery or wine tour to loosen everybody up and have a good time!

Decorate your home in festive decorations 

Pinterest has a ton of DIY guides to decking out your home in holiday decor. Try out paper snowflakes, make your own stockings, and many more creative ideas!

Go skiing or snowboarding

Rent a cabin or chateau for a long weekend in the mountains with friends or family and hit the slopes. Ski trips are a great time to bond with the ones you care about most!

Start a new tradition 

Winter and the holiday season are full of traditions. Why not start your own? Pick something that is both creative and meaningful, then pass it on to the generations after you!

 

What’s on your Winter Bucket List?

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HOW TO PUPPY PROOF YOUR APARTMENT

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You are finally taking the plunge and getting a puppy – this is such an exciting time! Before your puppy comes home, there are some things you will need to do in order to prepare. Similar to preparing for a new baby, preparing for a dog requires the elimination of any potential dangers. Puppy proofing is completely necessary for the well being of your apartment, your puppy, and you. Make sure to do all of this before your pup comes home in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for him/her and to help you maintain your sanity, then check out Apartminty’s Pinterest board for everything else you need to know about apartment dwelling pets.

MAKE THEM FEEL AT HOME

One of the first things you should do is to designate a special spot for your furry friend in the apartment. This is going to give them somewhere to retreat to and feel comfortable and safe when you’re not home. This space can consist of their food, water, bed, toys, and newspaper (for accidents) or any combination of those items. If you choose to crate train, their crate will need to be a part of their personal space as well.  Scattering some toys and chews throughout the apartment can be crucial as they go through the teething phase, helping to keep your favorite things from being destroyed. It seems to be a hard and fast rule that puppies love to chew the things they aren’t supposed. Be sure to enforce from the beginning that your shoes (and any other personal items) are not their toys while providing appropriate alternatives. This takes care of some of their needs, now lets take care of yours…

Puppy Proof Your Apartment | Bringing a New Puppy Home

KEEP YOUR SANITY

For starters, start stocking up on cleaning products. Puppy accidents are inevitable. You are going to want carpet cleaner/cleanser, paper towels, a mop, etc. on hand at all times in the case of an accident. Getting an air purifier is a good idea too – this will help with the puppy smell and will clean the air, making it healthier for both of you. If you have certain areas of your apartment that you do not want your pup to have access to, purchase some baby gates to block them off. The same goes for stairs – if you have stairs that you don’t want them going up or down, block them off (check Craigslist for used gates to save some money here). When it comes to furniture, you’ll want to set the rules now regarding whether or not they are allowed on couches, beds, etc. One option is to get slipcovers for your sofas and chairs, allowing your furry friend can climb up and sit with you without ruining the furniture. If you decide that you do not want them up on the furniture, consider having a couple of doggy beds throughout the apartment so they have their own places to sit close by.

How To Puppy Proof Your Apartment

COVER YOUR BASES (AND CORDS)

A couple general rules for the whole apartment…anything you don’t want chewed up, pick up! This might sound like a no brainer, but you will be infinitely amazed by what they deem as a good chew toy (basically, anything and everything). Cords are a major concern as they are dangerous for the puppy to chew on, and good luck replacing damaged cords for your various electronics. Go ahead and duct tape them down or get chew-friendly covers that will prevent them from being damaged. Consider childproof latches for all the low lying cabinets (and refrigerator: we have a friend who’s Boxer used to steal whole sticks of butter out of the fridge!) throughout your apartment.  Cover all your trashcans with lids that lock so that you don’t come home to half-eaten trash spilled all over the ground. As for toilet bowls, leave them covered or just close all bathroom doors and make sure the water bowl is always full so they aren’t tempted to drink the toilet water. Another important precaution that’s easy to overlook is to store all medications, cleaning products, and anything that is potentially toxic to animals in a place where they can never be reached by your curious pooch.

Puppy Proof Your Apartment

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

The first few months of getting used to your new puppy will be the hardest- you’ll miss some sleep and you might lose a shoe or two. You will need to be pretty disciplined about cleaning up after yourself in every room, but with time and practice, this will become second nature. If you have roommates, make sure they are up to speed on all of the precautions or you’ll be in for some uncomfortable conversations.  Do your part to keep your pup away from their personal belongings but know that some apologies and bribes are likely to be in your future.

From the beginning, teach your puppy about what is allowed and what isn’t around the house; put in the work now as opposed to trying to back track and break bad habits that may form. Preparation is the key to success for both you and your pooch; follow these tips and you’ll be off to a great start!

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Zen-sational Studios in WeHo for National Yoga Month

Finding rest and mental relaxation

Your eyes are closed. You’re breathing hard and your heart’s pumping. Your body glistens with sweat. What are you up to?

Yoga, of course! Naturally, you want to see the sights, check out the nightlife and indulge your taste buds while visiting West Hollywood. But there’s no need to put your yoga practice on hold – especially when the city boasts such kick-ass places to glow with the flow.

Here’s a guide to get you going, in honor of National Yoga Month this September.

HOTELS

Petit Ermitage

The Petit Ermitage Hotel hosts complimentary yoga for registered hotel guests on Wednesdays (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). Instructor Omar Lopez teaches on the hotel’s private rooftop.

Andaz West Hollywood

You can take in another terrific view of the Los Angeles skyline at the Andaz West Hollywood. One Sunday per month, guests and neighbors can take a one-hour yoga class with instructor Jake Ferree on the rooftop panorama lounge. Complimentary Zico coconut water beverages are available.

Classes run from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and cost $20. After class, yoga attendees receive 20% off a bottomless brunch at Riot House restaurant on the first floor.

Palihouse

Ferree also teaches flow classes at the Palihouse West Hollywood’s stunning rooftop from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, through September. It’s free for hotel guests; $20 for non-guests. (Btw, you can take his classes at Playlist and Aura as well; see below.)

Equinox

Guests of the Sunset Marquis Hotel have complimentary access to nearby Equinox, which runs a variety of classes.

If you’re staying at the Mondrianthe Londonthe Standard or other hotels within a 1-mile radius of Equinox, you can buy an Equinox day pass for $35. (You’ll need to show your room key and photo ID.)

The Standard, Hollywood

Additionally, Standard guests can buy passes at the front desk for $15 (a $10 savings) to WeHo-adjacent Crunch Fitness, just down the street from the hotel.

YOGA STUDIOS

Rise Movement

Rise Movement fitness studio was founded by personal trainer Jason Walsh, who counts Emma Stone, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon among his clients. Several flow yoga classes are offered along with private training and Thai boxing. (Here, mats are available to buy, but not to rent.)

YogaWorks

YogaWorks, a stalwart on the scene since opening its doors in 1987, believes yoga is for everyone, no matter your age or fitness level. Hatha, Iyengar, restorative and vinyasa flow (many with music) classes are available.

Playlist Yoga

Music definitely sets the mood at Playlist Yoga, which specializes in power vinyasa flow workouts designed to ignite the body and clear the mind. Songs are curated by instructors and the resident DJ. When you book your class, you can reserve a specific spot in the room to avoid that last-minute rush to the back (or front) row. (Credit cards only, no cash.)

Tantris Yoga

If hip hop motivates you to grab your mat, don’t miss veteran LA yogi Steve Ross’s happy yoga classes at the Tantris Center. Tantris is the passion project of Russell Simmons, a founder of Def Jam Recordings. The New York Times dubbed Simmons the yoga king of Los Angeles.

In addition to its signature hot classes (including asana, vinyasa and restorative), the center hosts events and guest speakers, such as spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson. Be sure to check out Tantris’s September specials.

The 8,000 square-foot venue also houses retail space and a style bar for blowouts.

AuraYoga

Another option is AuraYoga, where you can choose from a variety of flow-based yoga instruction, including classes that feature power-based sequencing, light weight training and hot fusion, which helps detox your body. Aura’s hot fusion focuses on the lower body, so it’s a good choice if you have elbow, shoulder or wrist issues.

Y7 Studio

Or try Y7, which calls itself the original hip-hop yoga studio. It’s a few blocks outside of WeHo, at 8270 Melrose Avenue and North Sweetzer Avenue. Flow to the beat and feel the heat in a candle-lit room with no mirrors.

Namaste.

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Best Brunch Spots in West Hollywood, CA

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A.O.C.

Whether you’re looking to dine in, enjoy award winning wines or brunch, A.O.C. is definitely a favorite.  Brunch, which is served until 3 p.m. offers specialties like their incredible vanilla bean French toast with chocolate sauce, candied hazelnuts and cinnamon whipped cream, a tasty omelet where ingredients vary month to month, avocado toast, wood-oven baked eggs with chick peas, and more. For sides, indulge in their fried potatoes, grilled toast with market jam, and more! (Recommended by CBS local).

8700 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
www.aocwinebar.com

 

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Taste on Melrose

A dependable neighborhood hangout, Taste On Melrose keeps bringing in the crowds because of their accessible comfort-food menu and a great front porch on a nice stretch of Melrose. Oh, and that $19 two-course prix-fixe brunch and mimosas menu certainly doesn’t hurt the cause either. (Via TheInfactuation.com)

8454 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 852-6888
www.ilovetaste.com

 

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Catch LA

One of the most popular and busiest restaurants in West Hollywood, Catch LA, is packed with celebs at night and offers an exciting brunch crowd on weekends.  Enjoy the views from the trendy rooftop while indulging in some Cinnamon roll pancakes!

8715 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 347-6060
www.catchrestaurants.com/catchla/

 

 

 

Enjoy these LA Hotel Pools without a Hotel Stay!

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WET Weekends at the W Hollywood Rooftop Pool AKA Drai’s Hollywood after dark

WET Pool Party happens every Sunday during the summer between 12 pm to 6 pm.  Cover is around $20 which will get you in without a reservation!

The vibe can be pretty wild and fun, so it’s a great spot to meet up with friends and drink the day away in Hollywood.

However, please keep this friendly reminder from their website in mind:

“If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, want to lay poolside with a good book, are traveling with children, or  want to soak up the sun in a  peaceful, quiet environment, we suggest  you stay at one of our sister  properties.”

W Hollywood Rooftop Pool

6250 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California 90028

(323) 798-1300

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Rooftop Pool at the Standard Hotel

Take in all of the gorgeous DTLA skyline views while laying poolsideWith easy access, you can simply walk in and take advantage of one of the tallest rooftop pools on our list.  This rooftop has all the perks: red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, sculptured topiary and they even have a Biergarten!

The Standard Hotel DTLA

550 S Flower St

Los Angeles, California 90071

(213) 892-8080

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The Mondrian Hotel

The Mondrian Hotel gives anyone access to the pool and Skybar (with an exception to the daybeds).

The best thing about the Mondrian pool is the earthy vibe, the natural furnishings and a wood-accented deck compliment the stunning view over Los Angeles. Grab a drink from Skybar and relax.

Mondrian Los Angeles

8440 Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(323) 650-8999

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Viceroy Hotel

Rent a cabana at the upscale coastal Viceroy Hotel Pool.  Swim in the beachy breeze from Santa Monica at this luxury boutique hotel.  The Viceroy hotel offers two outdoor plunge pools surrounded by elegant, fancy furnishings.  The candlelit Cameo Bar is a “mid-nineteenth century take on the classic lounge”.  The luxury and gorgeous atmosphere makes renting their comfy and clean cabanas so worth it!

Viceroy Hotel

1819 Ocean Avenue

Santa Monica,     CA 90401

(310) 260-7500