This month the Providence Lakes Blog has a summer reading challenge for our apartment community — but instead of recommending specific books, we’ve put together a list of suggested genres to explore, with suggestions for where you can find book suggestions for the genre. So do some reading this summer! (more…)
Putting your personal color stamp on your apartment doesn’t have to mean painting the walls. In today’s Providence Lakes Blog post, we have some great ideas about how to add color to your apartment and express your unique personality at the same time.
Riddle me this — how can you visit faraway places while staying securely in your Providence Lakes apartment? The answer of course is hosting a fairy-tale themed movie marathon sometime this month. Stop by your favorite Brandon, FL grocery store to stock up on movie night treats, and then settle in for an evening in a land far, far away.
What are “escape the room” games and why are they becoming so popular around the country? They’re team-centered games where a group of people is locked in a room (but don’t worry, due to safety regulations you can always get out if you need to) and have to solve puzzles and hunt down clues in order to escape within the time limit. They’re sometimes described as the ultimate team-building experience. Here: this video explains it quite well (it specifically refers to a room escape game in Seattle, but the principles apply to all escape room activities). (more…)
Celebrating Valentine’s Day this February is something we can all do well. Whether you traditionally give a simple card and a balloon bouquet or you go all out for a fancy dinner and dessert with a gift of expensive jewelry, we’ve got some more ideas for celebrating this holiday that focuses on love.
Laundry is about as mundane as can be, but at the Providence Lakes Apartments you can do it IN your apartment. What a perk! No driving all over Brandon trying to find a laundromat that is clean and open late for you. Simply do it in your apartment! Having a washer/dryer set up in your apartment is just one of the amenities we offer, and today we’re focusing on some laundry tips and tricks to make the job easier and faster.
Making a list and checking it twice is not just for Santa; it’s for anyone who is shopping for holiday gifts this December and who wants to save time and money while shopping. Learn about this and other shopping tips in today’s post, then head out to Brandon’s shops to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Look forward to finishing this task so you can then head home to your Providence Lakes apartment to get your gifts wrapped up and finally relax.
Come November 24th, all across the nation, people will be thinking about turkey, and not even just because of Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey trots, often a 5K run, have become a popular activity for many on Thanksgiving day, including many residents of Brandon, FL. While the turkey is in the oven roasting, participants are outside making their way to the finish line. These races are definitely best run before dinner and the turkey coma that follows. In today’s blog post, we have some info on training to run a turkey trot, as well as where they are being held. Ready, set, read!
Training for a Run
Remember that running a race is supposed to be fun. It’s not solely about how fast you can run it. Safety is a factor as well, so better safe than sorry. Train so you can safely put the pedal to the metal. When training for a race, especially longer ones like marathons, people should do the following, according to the UCSF Medical Center:
— Have been running for at least a year
— Be able to cover 15 – 25 miles a week comfortably
— Have previous experience running one or two 5K races
While you don’t have to have a this type of experience to run a 5K turkey trot, knowing how much distance you can comfortably cover in a certain amount of time can give you confidence as you run and help you do your best.
Training is important to a successful, injury free marathon. Runner’s World offers a variety of training programs for various skill levels. Check out this list of marathon training plans and choose one that will work for you.
Even if you are not a runner yourself, you can participate by walking in one, volunteering to help speed the runners on their way, or simply by being there to support a good cause. We want to wish everyone in our apartment community a happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for reading the Providence Lakes blog today!
Pumpkin-spice is the flavor of the month at many Brandon area eateries and coffee shops — pumpkin-spice latte, anyone? In the spirit of all things pumpkin, this month the Providence Lakes Blog is sharing pumpkin-based recipes to try in October.
Studies have shown many benefits derived from regular reading such as increased memory retention, a more extensive vocabulary, increased writing ability, as well as both physical and mental health benefits. This article details those and more benefits that come with reading. Perhaps, though, one of the best reasons to read is simply because of the pleasure it can bring to our lives. Today is National Read a Book Day, and the Providence Lakes Blog has put together a list, with reviews from Goodreads.com, of books that are quick reads. Enjoy!