Fall Festivities in the Baltimore Area

It’s that time of year again for pumpkin spice (like it or not), campfires, apple cider, and all types of fall fun.  Don’t miss out on the festivities!  Mark your calendars for these great Charm City events.

 

September

Yoga at the Zoo (September 23) – Find your lion’s breath near the lions and perform Ustrasana (Camel Pose) with the camels at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This is an all-levels class that takes place outside Penguin Coast at the zoo.   $20 for non-members, $10 for zoo members.  All tickets include zoo admission for the day.  Visit marylandzoo.org to register.

October

Free Fall Baltimore – There are hundreds of local events around Baltimore that are free in October.  This is an annual event that includes performances, workshops, family and children’s activities, music, and more.  This year, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will be performing Julius Caesar, Franco Platino will be teaching a Guitar Master Class at the Cohen-Davidson Family Theatre, and the National Aquarium will be hosting a Free Fall Friday Night on October 27.  These are just a few of the many activities!

Note that all activities are free, but many do require advanced registration.  Visit freefallbaltimore.org for more details and registration information.

Oregon Ridge Honey Harvest (October 7-8) – Celebrate all things honey at Oregon Ridge.  This year’s events include mead making, beeswax candle making, puppet shows, and demonstrations by various craftsmen.  For more information visit oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

Fells Point Fun Festival (October 7-8) – Visit local vendors and enjoy live music at this free event in Fells Point.  The event is held on Broadway, parking is available at garages on Caroline Street & Thames Street.  For more information visit fellspointfest.net. 

Sugarloaf Craft Festival (October 13-15) – The Sugarloaf Craft Festivals’ fall tour stops at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this October.  Here you can browse the art of hundreds of artisans working with all types of mediums including sculpture, furniture & woodworking, pottery, paint, clothing & accessories, glass blowing, and more.  This is a great place to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping!  Information can be found at sugarloafcrafts.com.

Baltimore Beer Week (October 13-22) – For the ninth year, Charm City celebrates its craft brews.  Enjoy samples and tastings and events throughout the week. For up-to-date information visit baltimorebeerweek.org.

Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival (October 15) – Have fun picking pumpkins, riding ponies, and making crafts at Rash Field.  New for 2017 are a costume contestand parade.  The festival is free, but many activities require a small charge.  Information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/981283785344647

Baltimore Running Festival (October 21) – Lace up your shoes and hit the streets of Charm City with this annual event.  Choose from distances from 5K to a full marathon or join a team of friends for the relay.  Following all races is a post-race party with beer, live music, food, and local vendors.  To join the fun visit thebaltimoremarathon.com.

Zoo Boo! (October 27-29) – Trick or treat around the zoo, play games, show off your costume, and enjoy entertainment & food (and, of course, the animals) at this fun annual event at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  This event is free with zoo admission.  Visit marylandzoo.org for information and to register.

Spooky Science (October 29) – Create slime, watch a pumpkin launch, and decorate pumpkins at the Maryland Science Center.  These special events around the Science Center are free with paid admission. For information and to purchase tickets, visit mdsci.org.

 

November

Power Plant Live’s Annual Bacon Jam (November 11) – Sample bacon dishes from local restaurants, drink a few bacon-inspired cocktails, and enjoy music, games, and activities.  This is a family-friendly event benefitting Volunteering Untapped.  More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/296242580784472/.

 

 

Fun at the Maryland State BBQ Bash

We teamed up with YourSpace Storage at the Maryland State Barbeque Bash this weekend.  If you're in the Bel Air neighborhood, stop by and say hi!

 

Happy National S'Mores Day!

Smores Day

National S’Mores Day

 

Today is National S’Mores day and we want to celebrate with some delicious recipes.  Whether you’re making S’Mores around a campfire, in your kitchen with the oven or microwave, or at your community’s outside grilling area, these recipes are sure to bring you some joy!

Classic S’Mores

1.      Using a skewer or stick, roast a marshmallow over a campfire or grill until golden brown on the outside. 

2.      Place a few pieces of milk chocolate on a graham cracker square. 

3.      Spread the toasted, gooey marshmallow on another graham cracker square.

4.      Place the two topped crackers together to form a sandwich.

5.      Enjoy your S’More!

 

S’Mores Bars Recipe from Taste of Home

Taste of home has a great recipe for a S’Mores bar you can make in the comfort of your home – no campfire required.  Using marshamallow crème instead of roasted marshmallows makes this a simple way to enjoy S’Mores year round.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/s-more-bars

 

Peeps S’Mores

Do you have leftover peeps (those sprinkle-coated marshmallow chicks) from the spring holidays?  Replace marshmallows in the Classic S’Mores recipe with peeps.  The sprinkles caramelize to add some crunchy sweetness to your S’Mores.

 

Snack Works Easy Pan O’ S’Mores

Snack Works has a delicious recipe for making S’Mores for a crowd in the oven. 

http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/easy-pan-o-smores-57401.aspx

 

S’Moreos

Twist open an Oreo cookie and place it cream-side-down on one graham cracker square. Place your toasted marshmallow on the other half and a square of milk chocolate on top.  Press the two graham cracker halves together to form a delicious S’Moreo and enjoy.

 

Caramel S’Mores

Add a little caramel to your classic S’More for some extra sweetness. 

 

 

What do you like to add to your S’Mores? Share your favorite recipe with us on Social Media?

 

 

Keep Your Apartment Cool While Saving Money this Summer

Keep Your Apartment Cool While Saving Money this Summer

Keep your apartment or rental townhome cool this summer with a few simple life hacks.

How to Childproof Your Apartment

How to Childproof Your Apartment

Whether you’re welcoming a new bundle of joy to your home or a small friend is coming to visit, you want to be certain your home is safe and ready.  Use this checklist to make sure your apartment is ready for any little ones.

 

Throughout the Home

·        Be sure blind cords are safely secured to the wall.  A blind cord safety cleat (such as this one from Prime-Line products) or cord shorteners (such as these) will do the trick.

·        Rid the apartment of any odors including cigarette smoke, paint fumes, or harsh chemicals.  Cigarette smoke has been linked to SIDS deaths.

·        Invest in one or more pressure-mounted baby gates to block off areas of the apartment that are unsafe.  Be sure to put the baby gate up at night to keep the little one safely in their room.

·        Block off outlets with outlet protectors.  Be sure they fit securely and tightly so prying fingers can’t easily get them off.  A safe & aesthetically pleasing option is the KidCo Universal Outlet Covers ($9 for three from Amazon.com)

·        Move furniture away from windows where a child could climb up and potentially fall from the window.  Keep windows locked.

·        If you have stairs in your home, use baby gates at the top and bottom of the staircase.

·        Regularly check your smoke and CO detectors to ensure proper function and working batteries.

·        Create and memorize your family’s fire escape plan.

·        Secure any furniture that is a topple-hazard (such as bookshelves, entertainment centers, dressers, etc.).  Most furniture that poses such a threat will come with a wall attachment strap that can be mounted to the wall.  Store heavier items on the bottom shelves/drawers of such furniture and lighter objects at the top for extra stability.

·        Fasten your TV to the wall to prevent it from toppling over.

·        Crawl around the floor of your home to make sure there are no small objects such as food, coins, small toys, etc. that can present a choking hazard.

 

Entryway

·        Make sure your front door is locked and deadbolted, especially once the child is tall enough to reach the door handle. 

·        Keep the patio/balcony sliding doors locked and shut, as well.  Never allow a little one to play on the balcony or patio without adult supervision.

·        Store purses and bags high in the closet, out of reach of children.

 

Kitchen

·        Use cabinet locks & drawer locks to keep children out of cabinets and drawers – especially those that contain chemicals and cleaning products or breakable objects.  Try the Magnetic Cabinet & Drawer Latch System from Safety 1st ($35 for 4 from Amazon.com)

·        Keep hot foods and beverages away from the edges of counters & tables and well out of reach of children.

·        Install a stove guard or knob guards to keep hands away from knobs and burners.

·        Point sharp items downwards when loading in the dishwasher.  Keep your dishwasher latched at all times when it’s not being emptied or reloaded.

·        Lock the oven door while it’s in use or hot.

 

Bathroom

·        Use cabinet locks & drawer locks to keep children out of cabinets and drawers – especially those that contain chemicals and cleaning products or breakable objects. 

·        Place non-slip shower mats in the bathtub.

·        Store razors out of reach from the child and be sure it’s not in a place where it may fall during his/her bath.

·        Install a spout cover on the bathtub.  These protect against head injuries during bath time.  A cute option is the Moby Bath Spout Cover that looks like a blue whale ($13 from Amazon).

·        Keep trash cans out of reach.

·        Install a toilet lock on your toilets to prevent strangulation and/or drowning.  Check out the Mommy’s Little Helper Toilet Lid-Lok ($8 from Amazon.com)

·        Lock up medicines using a medicine safe, such as the Dreambaby Kiddy Lock Guard Child Safe Container ($34 from WalMart).

 

Bedroom

·        Keep all small objects, jewelry, and toiletries out of reach from little hands.  If these items are kept in a drawer, use a drawer lock to prevent access.

·        Never place a baby in a crib with fluffy pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals.  Keep the crib as clean and free of items as possible for safest sleep.

 

 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of childproofing and additional steps may need to be taken in your individual circumstances.  Be sure to contact childcare experts such as your pediatrician as well as other online resources such as BabyCenter, Mayo Clinic, and WebMD for additional information. 

 

Helpful Apps that Can Help You Save Money

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Patio & Balcony Gardening 101

Patio & Balcony Gardening 101

Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't grow a beautiful garden.  From colorful flowers to delicious veggies, we've got a few tips to help your garden grow this spring.

MLB Opening Day: Fun Facts About the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Opening Day: Fun Facts About the Baltimore Orioles

We couldn't be more excited for the start of baseball season in Baltimore!  To celebrate opening day, we've compiled a list of fun facts about our beloved O's!

Slainte! Where to Celebrate St. Patty's Day in the Charm City Area

Slainte!  Where to Celebrate St. Patty's Day in the Charm City Area

Even if you're not an Irishman (or Irishwoman), you can celebrate like one in and around Baltimore.  Here's a list of the best St. Patrick's day activities in the Charm City Area.

Community Spotlight: Olde Forge Townhomes & Hallfield Apartments (Nottingham, MD)

If you're looking to move to Baltimore County, be sure to take a tour of Olde Forge Townhomes & Hallfield Apartments in Nottingham.  We offer great apartment living and the privacy of townhome living with the conveniences of a rental community, on-site management, and 24-hour emergency maintenance.

Convenient Commuting

Nottingham, MD is located just off Interstate 95 and hosts major through-ways including White Marsh Boulevard (MD-43) and Bel Air Road (US Route 1).  Whether you're commuting to White Marsh, Towson, or downtown Baltimore, you're just a short drive away.

Major Employers

There are plenty of job opportunities in the Nottingham/White Marsh area.  The White Marsh Business District is home to companies including Kaiser Permanente, Ikea, Xfinity/Comcast, ADP, Adecco Staffing, among many others.

Parks & Trails

Olde Forge Townhomes and Hallfield Apartments are situated near several area parks: Honeygo Run Regional Park, Angel Park, Belmont Park, Linover Park, and more.

Honeygo Run Regional Park is home to a large fenced dog park, baseball and sports fields, a 3/4 mile walking trail, wooded hiking trails, playground, pavilions, grills, and picnic areas.  Also located at Honeygo Run is an indoor recreation center that is home to Baltimore County Recreation Council programs.

Angel Park is located in nearby Perry Hall and is Baltimore County's largest playground designed for special-needs children.  Features include a Braille panel, wheelchair accessible playground accessories (including a shaky bridge), zip lines, and more.  Quiet spaces have been created for children who have sensory conditions where they can take a break.

Other area parks to enjoy are Belmont Park, Cowentown Ridge Park, Gough Park, Indian Rock Park, Linover Park, Lorely Community Center, Nottingham Park, & Perry Hall Park.  More information can be found on the Baltimore County Parks and Recreation website.

Arts & Entertainment

iFly Baltimore is a new indoor skydiving experience located at The Avenue at White Marsh. iFly allows you the experience of free falling while in a controlled wind tunnel.  "Flights" last approximately 60 seconds.  Several people may be scheduled for a given flight, so bringing your friends & family makes the experience more fun.

If you're looking for an authentic retro experience, a short drive east to Bengie's Drive-In Theatre makes for a great evening out.  Bengie's has the largest movie theatre screen in the US and is now digital for a stellar viewing experience under the stars.  For current movie listings, check out bengies.com

Weber's Cider Mill Farm in Parkville is a farm market open to the public March-December.  During harvest seasons you can pick your own produce or stop by the gift shop for some home decor or homemade goodies including pies, cakes, pastries, fudge, and ice cream.  Fresh turkeys are also sold for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but should be pre-ordered.

For a little pampering, book an appointment at The Spa on The Avenue.  This spa has a 4.5 star rating on tripadvisor.com and offers services from manicures/pedicures to massages and hair services.  Packages are available from the Essentials Package to the all-inclusive Cinderella Package.  Be sure to check their website for current specials and discounts.  Active duty military, DoD, and first responders receive a 10% discount on all products and services with valid ID.

AMC Loews Movie Theater, also located at The Avenue at White Marsh, is a 16-cinema theater which includes IMAS and 3D movie experiences.  Discounted tickets are available for seniors, active duty military, and students.  For the latest listings and to purchase tickets online, check out amctheaters.com. 

Shop 'Til You Drop

If you're looking to move to a community near great shopping, Olde Forge and Hallfield are perfect for you.  Just a few minutes away are The Avenue at White Marsh, White Marsh Mall, Nottingham Square, and Honeygo Center.

Find the latest fashions at Old Navy, Loft, Chico's, and Men's Wearhouse at The Avenue.  White Marsh Mall is home to Hollister, H&M, Aldo, Express, American Eagle, and more.

Decorate your new apartment or townhome with the latest accents from Pier 1 Imports, Target, Ikea, and Yankee Candle.

Dining

No matter the cuisine, you'll find it in the Nottingham/White Mars area.  From American to Asian, we have some top picks listed below by cuisine.  Click the links for menus, hours, and more information.

American

Mexican

Seafood

Asian

Indian

Moving Services

Once you're ready to move in to Olde Forge Townhomes or Hallfield Apartments, stop by nearby YourSpace Storage at Joppatowne for moving boxes, moving trucks, and self storage services (Peak Management residents receive 10% off monthly rent).  YourSpace Storage is located just a few miles north of Olde Forge/Hallfield on Pulaski Highway in Joppatowne, MD.