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Brighten Your Apartment With These Spring Decorating Ideas

HouseplantsIf you’re still recovering from the wintertime blues, brighten your mood and your apartment with a touch of spring. Grab fellow residents of our Oceanside apartments for plant shopping at your local nursery. Plants are perfect for a private patio or balcony, but adding blooms indoors, along with other spring-inspired décor, really make your indoor spaces pop!

Floral Accents

Fresh cut flowers are an easy way to bring spring indoors. Create a focal point with a large centerpiece bouquet on your dining room table or add small pops of foliage throughout your home with buds in vases on end tables, bedroom dressers, bathroom counters or wherever you want fragrant blooms.

Plant It

Don’t confine plants to outdoor spaces. Potted plants not only brighten up your apartment, many also improve your indoor air quality. Choose easy-to-care-for options when you have limited time to care for your new fronds, or if you lack a green thumb. Spider plants are some of the easiest houseplants to grow and do well in most rooms. Consider orchids for bathrooms, vining plants for your living areas or scented geraniums for bedrooms. For extremely forgiving plants, succulents add a splash of green and require the least amount of maintenance.

Color Parade

Bright pinks, pretty pastels and nature-inspired prints bring a springtime feel to various areas of your Oceanside, California, apartment. Consider cheerful throw pillows for your sofa, floral prints for your walls, kitschy kitchen towels for your culinary space or pastel cushions for your dining room chairs.

Frame Your View

When you’re lucky enough to have a magnificent view, frame it with filmy, pale-colored curtains that let the sunshine and the great outdoors in! Choose lightweight fabrics like voile, cotton, muslin or linen for your spring curtains. Light gingham curtains make kitchens feel sunny and bright, and pretty floral-patterns freshen up bedrooms and living areas. If hanging curtains will damage your apartment walls, choose renter-friendly tension rods or temporary command hooks designed specifically to hold curtain rods.

River Oaks offers one- and two-bedroom apartments nestled within the tranquil hills of Oceanside, California. Residents enjoy magnificent canyon views, private patios or balconies and close proximity to one of California’s beautiful beaches. Call (877) 635-6189 to schedule a tour of our available floor plans today!

Cleaning Supplies

5 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Cleaning SuppliesWhen you live in our Oceanside apartments, you know spring brings with it incredible fresh air and warm sunlight. That may shed some light on a few surfaces with dust on them throughout your home. This time, instead of using harsh chemicals for your spring cleaning steps, consider a few easy and very effective eco-friendly ways to clean up.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Spring Clean

Eco-friendly products and methods can give you the fresh clean you want without all of the chemicals. Here are five ways to get started.

#1: Use White Vinegar

You can use it to clean just about any surface. It is not harmful, and it creates a deep level of clean. It also stops streaks and gets rid of bacteria. This is a great way to clean windows.

#2: Scrub Your Floors

To clean your floors, use a mixture of distilled vinegar and hot water. Add a few drops of lemon oil or your favorite scent. Then, just use a damp mop. Take the time to get into those corners and do the baseboards as well.

#3: Declutter

Getting rid of the items you own but do not use is a good way to spring clean. This time, focus on getting rid of items in a safe way. Donate what you can. Instead of trashing clothing, use it for towels or dust cloths. Be sure to repurpose anything you can.

#4: Disinfect the Bathroom

Spring clean your bathroom. Don’t use bleach or other harsh chemicals. Instead, create a combination of four tablespoons of vinegar and two teaspoons of borax into three cups of hot water. Then, add just a small amount of liquid castile soap. This is the perfect scrubbing combination.

#5: Freshen Up the Air

After cleaning the windows and screens, let some fresh air into your home. You can also use an essential oil diffuser to freshen up the scent in your home. Consider scents like lemon or lavender. You can also add a bit of an essential oil you love to a cotton ball and place it in various rooms of the home.

Ready to Move In?

Spring is a great time to move into a new apartment in Oceanside. If you are interested in learning about any of our available apartments at River Oaks, we encourage you to give us a call now.

Office Work

Tips for Boosting Productivity in Your Apartment Office

Office WorkWe all want to work smarter and make the most of each day. Did you know there are some key strategies for increasing productivity in your apartment office? It’s true. Here are some ideas to consider and implement.

Delete Clutter

There might be no faster way to accelerate productivity than to get rid of clutter around the office. That includes stray papers, desk accessories that need to be put away and books that should be on shelves. Throw it away, give it away, put it away or recycle it, but whatever you do, delete as much clutter as you can. Keep your supplies, projects and other items neatly put away in functional storage spaces. And see how much more you get done.

Focus on Ergonomics

Keeping your body in the correct position for health and safety will help to boost your productivity while decreasing strain, pain and fatigue. Some specific ergonomic strategies involve using comfortable keyboard trays, properly positioned computer monitors and height-adjustable chairs. Our apartments in Oceanside are great places for setting up ergonomic workspaces.

Light It Up

Lighting, whether it comes from sunlight streaming through the windows or properly placed lamps and other lighting fixtures, can dramatically affect productivity. Make sure your office has adequate light so that you can properly see the work you’re doing. Keep in mind that indoor light needs and levels will change based on issues like whether it is sunny or cloudy outside. You will likely find that having proper office lighting boosts your energy and heads off fatigue.

Cut Down on Noise

Sound definitely affects productivity, whether it comes from ringing phones, barking dogs or lawn mowers. Too much noise can be distracting and overwhelming, leading to frustration and less work getting done. Position your office and work area in a spot that will have a comfortable level of noise. At the same time, if you work well with background noise like brain-boosting instrumental classical music, try having music play as you work.

If you’re looking for a great apartment where you can maximize your productivity and enjoyment of life, our Oceanside apartments are an ideal option. Call our office today to see which floor plans are still available.

Candles and Flower

3 Tips for a More Peaceful Apartment

Candles and FlowerWith all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, your apartment is your sanctuary away from the outside world. It’s not only filled with the things you love but also the special memories you associate with it. Your apartment is probably already a haven for you, but there are ways to make it even more peaceful if you follow these tips.

Add Some Greenery

No matter how much you love living in our Oceanside apartments because they put you in the heart of all the city action, everyone can benefit from bringing a little bit of the outdoors into their apartment. Plants not only cleanse the air, they can also make the people inside feel more relaxed in their environment. Even the addition of a single flower or fern can add even more color and joy to an already vibrant home.

Focus on Lights and Scents

Harsh lighting or smells can instantly make a person tense up or put them in a state of heightened anticipation. Lowering the lights or using scented candles will instantly take the edge off a difficult day, and help a person focus on the here and now. Consider looking for a lamp or two with a slight tinge to the light to add even more dimension and personality to the room. A slight pink or blue hue can make the room look romantic and welcoming without having to do much else.

Give Yourself a Tech-Free Space

Creating a corner that’s free of technology can give you the space you need to really turn off your mind and just enjoy the world around you. All you need is a chair, your favorite books and magazines, and a blanket or two to really snuggle up and give yourself a break. You can even put up blackout curtains or light candles to further give yourself a break from the city lights surrounding you.

Investing in your apartment is really an investment in yourself. If you’re looking for a place that can give you more relaxing days and nights, consider our apartments in Oceanside. Between the ocean and the oaks, we give you the space you need to relax and let go. If you have any questions about our community, give us a call today!

Catalina Island

4 Weekend Vacations From Oceanside for Spring Break

Catalina IslandSpring break is just around the corner and with it comes the endless possibility of vacation adventures. Are you looking to enjoy the outdoors or want to take advantage of the warmer beach weather? No matter what your preference, you can make the most of your spring break vacation at one of the four destinations located just hours away from our Oceanside apartments.

Big Bear

The largest recreational lake in Southern California—Big Bear is a place full of activities as well as amazing scenery. You can enjoy lake activities such as fishing, kayaking, camping, and hiking. Big Bear also has many activities for all ages such as discovery centers, historical museums, and even miniature golf.

Catalina Island

Catalina is just a car and ferry ride away and is the destination for over a million tourists a year. For your spring break excursion, you can enjoy some scuba diving, snorkeling, relaxing at the beach, or enjoy one of the glass bottom boat tours. If you want to see the island from the best views, you can enjoy one of the ziplining tours offered on the island.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of the most popular getaway destinations in Southern California. The area is known for its breathtaking scenery including lush valleys, stunning beaches, and picturesque mountains. The area is well-known for its spas, decadent restaurant scene and unique shops. So if you are looking for a relaxing week of shopping and dining, Santa Barbara is the choice for you.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

For those who like to spend their spring break enjoying the outdoors and getting in touch with nature, a trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks may be the perfect adventure for you. You will be able to view some of the largest trees in the world while you’re hiking, biking, or camping in the beautifully forested area,

While taking a vacation for spring break can be a fun adventure, it is always enjoyable to return home after a long trip. Are you looking for an apartment in Oceanside to call home? Contact River Oaks Apartment Homes today to check out our available floor plans.

Teacup

Spring Tea Party Ideas

TeacupThe best way to celebrate the arrival of spring is to throw a tea party! Living in an apartment offers you an opportunity to meet new people and get to know your neighbors. At River Oaks Apartment Homes in Oceanside, California, you have the perfect environment to host a spring tea party that’ll be the toast of the neighborhood.

Let’s Plan a Spring Tea Party

When you start to plan a spring tea party, keep in mind that you’re celebrating a time of renewal and rejuvenation. Plan to have it outside on the patio or balcony so you can enjoy the sun and fresh air.

You can start the festivities by serving a variety of teas, depending on what your guests prefer. Finger sandwiches and lightly flavored cookies should also be offered. For those guests who prefer a healthier option, offer yogurt and fresh fruit. If you are using your tea party to get to know your new neighbors, go all out. Use your good china and throw out the welcome mat. Top it off with smiles and laughter and your small tea party will be a huge success.

Good Friends, Good Neighbors

The key to any successful tea party is to invite people who have something in common. Throwing a small, cozy tea party is a great way to get to know your new neighbors if you’ve just moved into a new apartment. It can be difficult meeting new people, especially if you are new to the Oceanside community.

The best way to get to know new neighbors is to invite them to a small gathering. Welcome them into your home and ask them to share what they know about the apartment community as well as the surrounding area. This will give you, and other new residents an idea of what types of activities are available and what local businesses offer the best service.

Our River Oaks Apartments in Oceanside, California, offer several amenities and floor plans to suit everyone’s needs. If you have any questions, call or visit our office and schedule a guided tour. We will be more than happy to show you everything our available apartments have to offer!

River Oaks Patio/Balcony

Ideas for Decorating Your Balcony or Patio

River Oaks Patio/BalconyDecorating the balcony or patio of our apartments in Oceanside, CA, isn’t hard, but for truly stunning effects, you need to think beyond just putting out a few potted plants. Here are some ways to take things to the next level:

Be Creative With Furniture

Patio furniture has moved far beyond the wrought iron tables and chairs of the past. Now, you can get sofas, stuffed chairs, and other such pieces that are made for outdoor use. Put a sectional sofa along two sides of your balcony or patio to create a cozy nook for relaxing and reading, or add a chair that will allow for hours of comfortable sitting.

If you’d rather leave more room to move around, you can still give yourself some great seating. Wooden crates or boxes topped with thick and plush cushions are compact but comfortable.

Go All Out With the Plants

There’s nothing special about a plant or two, but if you have tons of them, everyone will suddenly notice. The only catch is that all plants need watering, and they need a lot of it in hot weather. Make things easier on yourself by transplanting them into a soil-like Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix, which includes ingredients that hang onto water better than ordinary dirt. This will eventually dry out too, but is less touchy than the normal mixes. As a bonus, it’s also good at keeping plants from drowning in torrential rains.

Set Up a Barbecue

Electric grills like the George Foreman are great for apartment residents because they don’t use an open flame. The important thing is that they let you cook outside in the sunny weather. Just be sure to take them inside when you’re done, and follow the manufacturer-recommended safety precautions while you’re using them.

Add Seasonal Decorations

These can be attached to your balcony or patio, put on the ground, or stationed just inside your balcony/patio window. They will add pizzazz even when nothing else in your outdoor area has changed.

To see some great homes with patios or balconies, check out our available apartment homes. Each of our floor plans include a private patio or balcony. We’ll be glad to show you around.

Cranberries

Embrace Winter With These Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

CranberriesSummer might seem like the season when fruits and vegetables are in abundance. However, winter has plenty to offer when it comes to these healthy foods. Find out more about how you can enjoy some of the season’s delicious fruits and vegetables.

Cranberries

Cranberries provide you with some important nutrients, including vitamin C and antioxidants. These berries add a tasty tang to many dishes, and they’re easy to use in even the simplest meals. Add some cranberries to a bowl of oatmeal instead of brown sugar to sweeten it up, or put some cranberries in a freshly made salad for lunch. You can also have cranberry sauce with dinner.

Beets

Beets might not be as popular as carrots and broccoli when it comes to vegetables, but they’re a great-tasting addition to salads, soups and other dishes. These winter vegetables provide you plenty of nutrients, including folate, which helps your brain function more efficiently. You can grate beets and use them for salads, or make them part of a juicing recipe if you’re on the go. Just keep in mind that raw beets provide you with more folate. Cooking beets reduces this nutrient.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates offer a number of nutrients to keep you healthy during winter, including vitamin C and fiber. They’re also healthy for your heart and arteries. You can add these winter fruits to oatmeal, or garnish sweet potatoes or baked chicken with them. They’re also a delicious flavor to add to plain yogurt or wild rice. If you’re looking for a quick and healthy bite to eat, you can also snack on these fruits on their own.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are related to broccoli and kale, and they’re just as nutritious as their cousins. These winter vegetables, which are cruciferous vegetables, provide you with fiber, potassium and other nutrients, while also promoting healthy immune function, which is important during cold and flu season. Roast them with your favorite dinner, and use some seasoning on them to add a bit more flavor.

The kitchens in our apartments in Oceanside, CA, provide plenty of room for preparing a variety of dishes with winter fruits and vegetables. Contact us to learn more about our community and available amenities.

Horseback Riding

5 Adventurous Valentine’s Day Ideas

Horseback RidingThe month of romance is here, and everyone will be looking out for something to make Valentine’s Day great. If you always look for an excuse to spend your day in our Oceanside apartments, then there will be no excuse for you this year since we are here with lots of ideas on what you can do on February 14. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make the day great. Here are some of the adventurous ideas that you can try out on Valentine’s Day.

Go on a Canoeing Trip

Your Valentine’s Day will be a lot of fun if you decide to spend the day pottering on a river in Oceanside and enjoying the beautiful sea scenery. Even the extreme cold of the winter season will not stop an adventurous couple from enjoying the tranquility of the water. You can rent a canoe on that day and even take a cooking stove to prepare a hot and delicious riverside lunch.

Go for Horseback Riding

It’s always every girl’s dream to gallop through the open country or beach with the beautiful wind in her hair. You can make this dream come true for the one you love on Valentine’s Day. If you’re not used to it, consider starting with a quick horseback riding lesson before you do it yourself. If you find the ride a little bit painful, then you can ease the sore and aches with a steamy bath at the end of the day.

Volunteer to Help Those Who Need Some Love

You can also dedicate your day to serving the less fortunate and showing them some love as a couple. Keep in mind that you are celebrating love on Valentine’s Day so consider moving away from romance and embrace friendship and charity. You can send flowers to residents of nursing homes or donate something to a charity organization.

Consider Throwing a Group Party

You can gather a bunch of people for a cool stay-at-home group date in one of our apartments. You can then split duties and make the day exciting. For instance, you can have the men cook and serve their best food while women plan the games or provide gifts.

Go Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a beautiful thing for couples, and you can try it out on Valentine’s Day with your partner. Apart from building trust and confidence between you and your partner, it is also an excellent physical exercise that that builds muscles.

Are you planning to spend your Valentine’s Day in Oceanside? Check out our Oceanside apartments, then give us a call to schedule a tour.

Dog With Toy

Fitness Tips for Fido in Winter

Dog With ToyIt seems like winter is a time to get a little lazy, no matter what part of the country people are in. Of course, when humans get a little sluggish, their fur babies can pack on the pounds, too. At our pet-friendly Oceanside apartments, we’ve seen our fair share of fluffy four-leggers put an extra notch on their collars during this time of year.

If you’re trying to avoid winter blues that pack the pounds onto your pet, take a look at these fido-friendly winter workout ideas:

1. Find a Furry Fitness Class

Active dogs can only burn so much energy on a daily walk. If you’re not a runner (or, even if you are!) there are plenty of benefits to be gained from group fitness classes. Besides studying up on agility, swimming, and overall obedience, your pooch can gain valuable socialization skills that can keep them happy and fulfilled forever.

Let’s not overlook the importance of the human socialization you’ll get to experience by taking your dog to their group courses!

2. Play Hide-and-Seek

If your dog isn’t great at listening and coming when called, this game is best played indoors. Hide-and-seek is a great way to reinforce call cues and offer up a few of your pet’s favorite treats when they do a good job. Not to mention, there’s plenty of energy being burned and attention being paid.

3. Bring On New Chewies, Treats, and Toys

From ropes to squeaky toys, most breeds of dogs do best when they’re being stimulated. Generally speaking, you don’t even have to play along as long as you’ve found a chew stick or toy that’s built to keep your pup occupied. If your living room arrangement allows for space, play fetch indoors. Otherwise, head out outside and toss a ball.

4. Find a New Path

Forgo walking the same path every day in favor of something new. Take a different turn, follow a different sidewalk, or go a different way. There are enough sights (and smells) to keep you and your pooch excited about daily walks when you switch things up.

Just about five miles from the beach, our River Oaks Apartment Homes community is the perfect place to keep you and your pooch in proximity to plenty of fitness-fueled activities. Stop by and see our floor plans in person!

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