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Time Management Tips

Writing ListWhen you have a lot to do, it’s easy to run into trouble managing your time. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve your time management skills so you can feel more productive on a regular basis. Put the following tips on time management to use.

Track Your Time

You can get a better idea of how to manage your time more effectively if you know what you tend to waste it on. Keep track of things that take up too much of your time, such as browsing around online or checking social media frequently. You might be surprised at how much time you spend doing these kinds of tasks when you could be more productive. Once you know what you’re wasting the most time on, you can work on doing these tasks less often.

Figure Out Your Priorities

One of the most effective ways to use your time more wisely is by determining what your priorities are. Prioritize tasks on your to-do list each morning, so you’ll make sure you tackle the most important ones first. Don’t worry if you can’t accomplish everything on your list. The less important tasks can be done another time.

Try Setting Time Limits

Setting a certain amount of time for each task can help you avoid spending too much time on one task. This makes you more likely to get to all of the items on your to-do list. For example, limit yourself to spending only an hour or so going through your email and sending out responses to it, rather than responding to each one throughout the day.

Stick to a Routine

Getting into a routine can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently day after day. You might need to work at this for awhile if you’re not used to following a routine in your daily life. Once you get into a normal routine, you might find that tasks become easier to do, since you don’t have to spend time figuring out which task to do next.

Our community in Portland, OR, conveniently includes a 24-hour fitness center, business center and other amenities that can make it easier for you to manage your time better. Please contact us for more information about our apartments in Portland.

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Tips for Beating Daylight Saving Time

Woman SleepingDaylight Saving Time begins on March 11, which means it will be time to set your clocks forward one hour. While you might be happy about having more hours of sunlight, keep in mind that this time change can affect your body, including making you feel sleepier than usual during the day. The key to avoiding this is better sleep overall.

Stop Eating and Drinking Earlier

If you eat or drink within a few hours of going to bed, you could have a harder time falling asleep. Don’t have any food or beverages at least two to three hours before you plan on going to sleep.

Ease Into the Time Change

If possible, start going to sleep about 15 minutes earlier every day a few days before the time change. This helps your body gradually adjust to Daylight Saving Time, rather than having to deal with the change all at once.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Walking or doing a workout tires your body so that it’s easier to fall asleep at bedtime. If you usually don’t exercise, plan on getting about 30 minutes of physical activity a day to start with. You can then build up to longer exercise times. Just make sure that you stop exercising at least two hours before you go to bed so your body can wind down.

Create a More Comfortable Sleep Environment

How comfortable you are affects the quality of your sleep. Take steps to make sure you have a sleep environment that ensures a good night’s rest, and you’ll feel more awake during the day. This might mean getting a firmer mattress, adjusting your thermostat to make your bedroom cooler or getting new pillows.

Avoid Screen Time Before Bedtime

Looking at screens just before you go to bed can make it harder for you to sleep. Stop watching TV or using your phone or tablet at least an hour or two before going to bed. Read or do another calm activity before bedtime instead, and you’ll have an easier time falling asleep.

Our apartments in Portland, OR, feature a patio or balcony so you can enjoy the longer daylight hours. Contact us to get more details on our apartment and community amenities.


4 Pie Recipes for National Pi Day

PieWhen you live in one of our Portland apartments with a well-equipped gourmet kitchen, you probably look for any occasion to celebrate with good food and good friends.

March 14, 2018, is National Pi Day. What better way to celebrate Pi Day than by baking a mouth-watering marionberry pie? For our community members who don’t have a stash of local Oregon berries in the freezer from last season – we’ve put together this collection of 4 pie recipes, guaranteed to please your guests.

Four Simply Delicious Dessert Pies to Share

Maple-Pear Delight

Slice 4 small pears (about a pound) into a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Dump the pear mixture into the center of a 12-inch pie crust. Spread slightly, making sure to leave 2 inches clean. Gently fold the edges of the dough toward the center, creating a dam that keeps the filling in place. Bake in a 400-degree oven until pears are fork-tender and crust is golden, 40-50 minutes. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Ice-Box Lemon Pie

This is a Southern recipe that is sure to impress your West Coast friends. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Beat on high until fully incorporated. Pour into a deep-dish graham cracker crust. Refrigerate overnight.

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (bottled or fresh-squeezed)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

Danish Pie

Serve this self-crusting pie warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Combine ingredients in any order, stir well and bake in a greased 8” x 8” pan for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup, raw, peeled, diced apple
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Three-Ingredient Frozen Mud Pie

This simple recipe from only uses three ingredients, plus a pie crust. Watch the one-minute video clip to see how easy it is to create a sumptuous pie.

Entertaining is more fun in a gourmet kitchen. We invite you to drop by our office or call our team at (877) 661-5561 to schedule a tour of our apartments in Portland. Our floor plans feature beautiful, well-appointed kitchens as well as a washer & dryer in each apartment home. We look forward to speaking with you!

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5 Positive Affirmations to Include Into Your Daily Life

Happy WomanPlenty of amazing people live in our Portland apartments, but even the most incredible people need a little encouragement from time to time. If you want to start your day off on the right foot, you have to have a positive mantra when you look in the mirror.

Here are five positive affirmations you can include in your daily regimen that can help you start each day right:

1. I Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

If someone cuts you off in traffic, let it go. If a coworker doesn’t thank you for your assistance, it’s okay. It all comes back in the end. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. I Am Adventurous

Whether it’s an online date or a request for a raise, you can do this. Take a breath, close your eyes and envision the outcome you want to happen. Your destiny is yours. You don’t know what the future has in store for you unless you’re willing to take the bull by the horns.

3. I Am in Charge and I Choose Happiness

No one is allowed to define your path but you. If you want to be sad today, be sad, but that doesn’t sound like any fun! If you want to lay your head down on your pillow, knowing you’ve done everything you can to create a happy life, do that.

You’re in charge of your happiness. No other person or situation should dictate that for you; if you’re struggling to get over a person or thing, consider seeking professional therapy. If nothing else, talking about your pain out loud can remove huge roadblocks on your path to being you.

4. I Am My Own Superhero

Put your cape on because this world needs you. Whether it’s tackling after-school events or hammering out your boss’s latest last-minute projects, you’ve got this.

5. I Am Choosing and Not Waiting to be Chosen

It’s all on you. Who do you want to be today? Tomorrow? What kind of person do you want to be in ten years? This is your chance to choose who you are and not wait for the universe to make someone out of you that you didn’t want to be.

Are you ready to wake up feeling refreshed every day? Axcess 15 Apartments offers one- and two-bedroom floor plans to suit your lifestyle. Give us a call or visit our office to learn more.

Valentine's Day Card

Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine's Day CardYou can take your Valentine’s card exchange traditions to the next level by handcrafting your cards using everyday materials. You can find many of the items right in your craft drawers or at a store near our apartments in Portland. You can make your cards out of cardstock using any designs you want, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Button Bouquet

With a few markers and a handful of extra buttons, you can create a card with a bouquet of flowers on the front. Simply arrange the buttons to resemble several daisies at different heights. Draw in the vase, stems and leaves using your markers to finish the scene. If you prefer, you can create other designs, such as hearts, using this same technique.

Yarn Hearts at Your Apartments in Portland

A handheld paper punch, markers and yarn are all you need to construct yarn hearts on the front of your cards. All you need to do is punch out a simple heart shape on the front of the card, and then string yarn through the heart in a fun pattern. Once you are satisfied with the amount of yarn filling out the heart, tie a knot on the back to complete this card at our Portland apartments.

Noodle Necklace

The noodle necklace Valentine’s Day card integrates a thoughtful present into its design. You will need to use acrylic paint and glitter to decorate your ziti noodles, and then let them dry for a few hours. String the noodles onto a piece of yarn and clip it onto the card using small slits in the top of the cardstock.

Thumbprint Stamps

Valentine’s Day cards made from thumbprint stamps seem to freeze a moment in time for a lifetime of appreciation. You can make these cards by getting several ink pads in different colors. Use fingerprints to fill out your Valentine-themed designs, and then add a cute phrase.

After making a splash with your DIY Valentine’s Day cards, think about if it is time to upgrade your apartment home. We invite you to give our team a call at (877) 661-5561 to learn more about our available apartments in Portland.

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5 Cycling Tips for a Fun and Safe Ride

Red BikePortland is often called America’s best city for bicycling with its many bike paths and lanes. Whether you’re a casual or experienced rider, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your ride:

1. Stay Safe by Wearing a Helmet

By correctly wearing a helmet, you can lower your risk of a head injury and brain damage by nearly 90 percent. Make sure the helmet fits snugly, doesn’t block your vision and meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards.

2. Choose a Bike Frame That Fits You

If you’re getting a new bike or using someone else’s bicycle, you should be able to straddle the bike and stand with your feet flat on the ground. There should be one to two inches clearance between the frame’s top tube and your crotch.

3. Select a Seat That’s Right for You

An uncomfortable seat, such as the narrow and hard ones found on a racing bike, may not be the best choice for you. Instead, you may want to consider getting a seat that’s wider with more padding. Some seats are filled with gel or have sheepskin for less friction and pressure. The seat should be positioned so your knee is straight when the pedal is at the lowest position.

4. Don’t Overdo it and Enjoy the Ride

If you’re not in shape, you should start slowly and go for shorter 30-minute rides without hills for the first few weeks. Next, you can gradually add hills and different terrain for a more intense workout.

5. Wear Comfortable Clothes for Biking

As you start to go on more bike rides, you should think about getting a pair of cycling shorts. Since they have less material to get bunched up or wrinkled, the chances of irritating your skin are lower.

Thinking About Moving to Portland?

This is an ideal time to relocate to Portland, Oregon. If you’re looking for apartments in Portland, come check out Axcess 15. Our community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Axcess 15 even includes a convenient bike storage, so it’s easy to go for a ride in the Lloyd District and beyond. To learn more about Axcess 15, give us a call at (877) 661-5561 or come stop by our office.

Broccoli and Carrots

Human Foods That are Safe for Your Cat to Eat

Broccoli and CarrotsThere’s no doubt that one of the favorite activities for most pets is begging for food—and your cat is probably no exception to this rule! When you’re relaxing at our Portland apartments with your cat, you may be wondering exactly which food tidbits you can share with them. Here’s what you need to know.

Foods That are Safe to Share With Your Cat

When you’re eating at your Portland apartments, there are a number of different foods you can share with your cat. These include:

  • Meats: Cats adore meat of nearly any type—maybe even more than you do! Some options that your cat may love include chicken, beef, and turkey. You can share small pieces of any of these meats as long as they’re fully cooked. Raw meats can make your cat ill, just as they can make you sick. Just a few small pieces of meat are enough to send your cat into a frenzy of delight.
  • Fish: Fish is a favorite for most cats—they’re definitely seafood lovers. You can share any type of fish with your cat, as long as it’s cooked. Any type of sushi or sashimi should be off-limits. Many cats are especially fond of tuna, and they think that canned tuna is every bit as delectable as the high-end cuts from the butcher shop.
  • Vegetables: Veggies are healthy for your cat, just like they’re healthy for you. While not all cats will be interested in veggies, try offering tidbits of cooked broccoli, asparagus, or carrots to see what type of reaction you get. Act as if you’re offering a special treat and your cat may perceive veggies as something that’s delicious.
  • Dairy: While you may have heard of cats getting a saucer of milk or cream, the truth is that it may be too much rich dairy for them. Instead, give them tiny pieces of cheese to nibble on. Any type of cheese is generally safe for cats, but keep the amount small.

Are you looking for new apartments in Portland? Axcess 15 offers beautiful one- and two-bedroom apartment homes—and your furry friends are welcome, too! Contact us to arrange a tour of our available apartments.


Tips to Revitalize Your Creativity

DrawingHave the winter blues settled in with you? Break free of this cold season conundrum by reviving your creative side. There are plenty of opportunities to put your right brain to work near our Portland apartments. Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Take Different Routes to Work

If you’ve seen the same things, day in and day out for years on end, it’s time to switch it up. Even if your workplace is a direct line from here to there, meander off the beaten path. If the interstate offers the shortest distance, opt for a neighborhood route, instead. Not only will you get to see new scenery and break away from your mundane day-to-day excursion, you could happen upon some cute coffee shops or quaint eateries that will be perfect for your next creative outing.

2. Venture Into the Unknown

Speaking of coffee shops and restaurants, try something new. Commit to consulting Yelp before you head to the same old spots you’re used to going to. It doesn’t matter if they’re new businesses, or if they’re just new to you, the result is still the same; you’ll meet new people, hear new stories and feel refreshed in a new atmosphere.

3. Take Classes

Are you a writer who’s always wanted to learn photography? Are you an accountant who has the desire to draw? Do you have a brown thumb but love seeing spectacular floral centerpieces come to life? Your skill level and occupation are irrelevant. When it comes to creativity, it’s all about being inspired. The best way to explore your own talents and interests is to step outside of the box. Find nearby classes that pique your interest and try them out. You never know what could come from it.

4. Wander on Pinterest

There’s an endless supply of interesting DIY projects and crafty whatnots all over Pinterest. You don’t even have to have an idea or medium in mind. Simply log in and let the algorithms go to work for you. Before you know it, you’ll have plenty of boards filled with enough creative crafts to get you through all of 2018!

One of the best ways to get creative is to redesign your living space. At our Axcess 15 Apartments, we offer a ton of different floor plans, perfect for inspiring the beginnings of your new creative outlet. Stop by and see each layout for yourself!

Clothes in a Closet

Ways to Maximize the Space in Your Closet

Clothes in a ClosetNo matter how big your closets are, you’ll almost always find yourself wanting to keep adding things until you can’t fit any more. Here’s how to make the most efficient use of your space.

Sort Clothes by When You Wore Them

When you do laundry, put the clean clothes at the front or off to one side. When clothes get pushed back to the other side and you haven’t worn them in a year, you know you can donate them without worrying about if you’ll miss them.

Don’t Keep Things in Dry Cleaning Bags

Your closet gives your clothes enough protection on its own. Dry cleaning bags have almost no benefit but can trap harmful dry cleaning chemicals on your clothes instead of letting them air out. These bags can also take up double the amount of space as just the article of clothing.

Optimize Your Floor Space

Your floor can be an untapped source of almost double the storage space. Start out by moving longer clothing items like winter coats and dresses off to one side of your closet to create extra room. Then, fill in the newly opened space with shoe racks, plastic storage boxes, or even an extra dresser.

Think Outside the Closet

Do you have space under your bed or a large sofa? Use plastic storage boxes to keep foldable out-of-season clothing, holiday decorations, or extra linens there to open up more space in your closet.

Use Door Hangers

There are many shoe racks and even clothing rods designed to hang over your closet door. That gives you an entire extra “wall” to hang things on that you never knew you had.

Put Baskets on Your Shelves

Shelf space can go to waste when you use it for smaller items that don’t fill up all of the room below the shelf above them. Use baskets to help you pile up the smaller items without worrying about them falling or becoming disorganized.

Pick a Floor Plan That Fits Your Stuff

Are you a super efficient stacker or do you like to spread your things around to different nooks and crannies? Find a floor plan that matches your lifestyle at our Portland apartments.

Hot Chocolate

Enjoy Wintertime With These Tasty Hot Drinks

Hot ChocolateBrrr, it sure is chilly! Once you find your home among our apartments in Portland, it’s time to warm up from the frigid winter weather.

Yeah, sure, everybody drinks hot chocolate this time of year, but there are so many other hot drinks out there to enjoy while you take in the beauty of Portland from your apartment window. Here are five suggestions to get you started.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

Warm up this delicious apple cider for a taste of fall all winter long. The caramel is a must-have. You can simply heat up some caramel candies (or even buy liquid caramel) and then pour the liquified sweetness atop a puff of dreamy whipped cream. You won’t want to share!

2. Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate

Take everything you thought you knew about hot chocolate and throw it out the window because this cookies and cream concoction has changed the hot chocolate game. Use real Oreo pieces for the most authentic cookies and cream flavor around.

3. Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Part punch, part apple cider, and all delicious. The cranberry apple cider punch mixes grape juice (sparkling wine is a great alternative), lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and apple cider in one. To really go for that Instagram-worthy look, grab dried cranberries, orange and apple slices and put them in each mug.

4. Mint White Hot Chocolate

You’ll be in the holiday spirit as you savor this pale green cup of joy. Where does the color come from? Well, from the peppermint, of course. Mix with white chocolate and don’t forget the mini marshmallows.

5. Ginger Latte

Here’s a drink that’ll have you saying thanks-a-latte! Blend cane sugar, almond milk, and ginger and then warm it up. Who needs to go to expensive coffee chains when you can make this drink so easily?

Portland is an incredible place to be during the holidays and anytime. Stay for a while at Axcess 15 Apartments. With one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans, you’ll get to experience downtown Portland personally in your apartment. Apartments have nine-foot ceilings, a patio or balcony, an included washer and dryer, an open breakfast bar, and a gourmet kitchen.

To check out the floor plans for yourself or set up a walk-through, give our office a call today.

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