Nov 17

Smart Tips for Organizing Your Cabinets

Edison Kitchen CabinetsKitchen cabinets offer useful places to store dishes and other household items, but it can be hard to find anything if they’re unorganized and cluttered. Use the following tips to help you keep your kitchen cabinets organized.

Declutter First

Going through your cabinets and removing any items you don’t need anymore cuts down on the amount of stuff you have to organize. It also frees up space so that your cabinets won’t be overcrowded. Throw away items that can’t be given away or donated, and set the items you’re keeping to the side.

Sort Items

When you’ve decluttered your cabinets, go through the items you’ll be keeping and put them into groups. For example, put dishes in one group, spices and other food items in another and glasses and cups in another group. Sorting items makes it easier to figure out what should go where.

Put Items in the Most Convenient Cabinet

Where should you put the items you’re keeping? A good rule of thumb for organizing is to put them in the cabinet that’s close to where you’ll be using them. For example, put plates or items you use for cooking, such as pots and pans, in cabinets that are close to your stove. Put coffee mugs in a cabinet that’s near your coffeemaker and glasses and cups in a cabinet next to your fridge. This makes it more convenient to get the items you need from your cabinets, which can help you stay more organized.

Place Everyday Items in Front

Put items that you use all the time in the front of your cabinets to make them easier to reach. Items that you don’t use as often can go in the back of your cabinets since you don’t need to pull them out much.

Stack by Size

If you need to stack items in your cabinets, do so by size. Put larger plates on the bottom and smaller ones on top. If you have bowls in varying sizes, stack them with the largest bowls on the bottom.

Our apartments in Long Beach, California have soft-closing cabinets, so you don’t have to worry about making too much noise in your kitchen. Contact us to get more details about our available apartments and community amenities.

Nov 17

Make These Autumn DIY Treats for Your Pup

Dog TreatsYou’ll love serving up these tasty treats to your pup—they are healthy, fast and easy to make. Furthermore, it can’t get better than homemade biscuits. These biscuits are all suitable for dogs and the best thing is, you can make them all at home!

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

To make these dog treats, combine flour with peanut butter and eggs. Add a little water to the mix and you will be able to create a tasty treat that your dog just won’t be able to resist! The sticky-goodness and the packed flavor will have your dog wanting more. It’s also a great way for you to invent a new training treat if you want to teach your dog new tricks in your Long Beach apartment or even encourage them to join you for a walk.

Homemade Treats With Only Two Ingredients

If you have a dog then you will understand how hard it is to find the time to cook, but this recipe makes it easy. You can whip up a quick batch of these and still have time to take a walk and play with them while juggling your own lifestyle. If you want a tasty, healthy treat option that you can make in a jiffy then this is the one for you. All you have to do is get some flour and baby food!

Pumpkin Puppy Treats

There’s nothing like watching your dog pouncing through the autumn leaves on their morning walk. That’s why these pumpkin biscuit treats are ideal for when the fall weather comes along. This recipe combines oats with pumpkin puree and peanut butter. You can even add a bit of cinnamon and there is a recipe for sweet potato treats on there as well. Yum! Your pup will love these.

Whether your pup has a sweet tooth, you want to make sure they get healthy treats, or you simply love to cook, whipping up a batch or two of these in the kitchen on the weekend will keep them happy all week long. At Edison, we know how important your pet is and take great strides to make sure we offer the most pet-friendly apartments in Long Beach. Stop by and see what we have to offer you and your furry pal and see how comfortable our luxurious homes can be for you both.

Nov 17

Elegant Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for Thanksgiving

Autumn WreathThanksgiving gives you a number of different things to celebrate: autumn, your loved ones, your health, and the passing of another successful year. Unlike Halloween, you also have a chance to bring out your elegant side. Your elementary school hand-drawn turkey may have been cute 25 years ago, but it’s time to give your home a different kind of makeover. When you don’t want to drag out your box of traditional decorations for yet another year, try these ideas to take your apartment to the next level.

Candles and Cranberries

This idea is not only beautiful, but it’s also relatively inexpensive if you’re watching your pennies this year. All you have to do is find glass holders, different colored candles, and artificial cranberries to place strategically around your home. You can also try acorns instead of cranberries for an even more natural look. Try making at least one of your creations a floating candle display for a little extra movement and drama when you dine by candlelight.

Charming Details

Elegance is all about how well you pay attention to the little things, so don’t overlook the details. Wine charms are a fun way to give your guest a little more with their vino, and these wishbone napkin charms are an excellent conversation starter that still manages to complement your Thanksgiving table. If you have any leftover charms, scatter them for display on your coffee or end tables.

Wreaths All Around

Christmas may be more well-known for its wreaths, but that doesn’t mean that autumn shouldn’t be given its due. Choose a wreath that shows off all the wonders of fall, from pine cones to mini pumpkins to wildflowers. Hang it up either inside or outside to welcome your guests and make them feel right at home.

Part of enjoying the main event of Thanksgiving dinner is how you honor the traditions of autumn—whether you’re hosting people this year or not. When it comes to heightening the anticipation, these ideas will put you right in the mood to be thankful for all you have. If you’re looking for Long Beach apartments that give you the perfect canvas for your decorations, tour Edison for true luxury at its finest.

Oct 17

How to Make the Perfect Apple Cider

Apples in a BasketWarm spiced apple cider is a crowd pleaser every autumn and winter. It is always perfect whether you need a treat for your home or a cozy beverage for your party.

Spiced apple cider smells delicious as the blend of fresh apples, warm cinnamon, and allspice remind everyone of cozy autumn evenings. Your apartment will smell amazing and your guests will feel immediately relaxed.

Perfect Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

  • Serves: 6 – 8 guests
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes preparation time, 3 hours cooking time

Apple Cider Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh apples depending on the size (Popular options include Gala apple, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar (sweeten to taste)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (or 4 tablespoons of ground cinnamon)
  • 4 tablespoons allspice

Equipment Used:

  • Large stock pot with cover
  • Cheesecloth
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl capable of holding at least 2 gallons
  • Potato masher

Step by Step Instructions

Initial Preparation:

  1.  Wash and cut apples into quarters. Don’t worry about seeding or peeling them
  2.  Wrap allspice and cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth and tie closed

Cooking Instructions:

  1.  Place quartered apples into a large stock pot, then cover apples with water.
  2.  Add sugar and cinnamon to the pot.
  3.  Boil for one hour on high in an uncovered stock pot.
  4.  Cover the pot and turn the temperature to low. Simmer for an additional two hours.
  5.  Remove from heat and allow the cider to cool.
  6.  Remove spice bag.
  7.  Use a potato masher to smash the apples into a pulp then wrap the pulp in a cheesecloth.
  8.  Pour mixture through a strainer into a large bowl.
  9.  Squeeze apple pulp into the bowl for more intensity.

Store up to one week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Serving Suggestions:

Reheat to the desired temperature before serving. Some like to use a slow cooker. Serve as is or garnish with cinnamon sticks or with caramel beverage sticks.

Warm spiced apple cider makes our Long Beach apartments smell divine for any gathering. Our community offers penthouses, studios, live/work, and one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Our floor plans feature amenities such as in-unit washer and dryer, tiled showers, stone countertops and polished concrete floors. Contact our office to learn more!

Oct 17

Tips on Decorating With Black

Black and White PicturesWhen you’re thinking of redecorating your apartment, black offers a sophisticated effect. However, it’s important to know how to decorate using this color so that you don’t end up creating a harsh or overly dark look. Keep these decorating tips in mind if you plan on using black in your Long Beach apartment.

Mix It Up With Grays

If you’re only comfortable going with a bit of black, you can enhance the effects of this color by adding gray tones. Different tones, ranging from a light, silvery-gray to a darker, steel gray, work well when they’re mixed with black accent pieces, such as throw pillows, vases or picture frames.

Use Different Patterns

You don’t just have to use solid black in your home when you want to decorate with this color. For a more striking visual effect, try using more than one pattern that has black in it. You might have to experiment with different types of patterns until you find an overall look that suits your home. Start with patterns that feature black and white, since these are the easiest to match up.

Choose One Focal Point

If you don’t want too much black in your home, choose one large piece of furniture as a focal point. For example, you can add a black sofa to your living room, then complement it with neutral colors and one or two colorful accent pieces for a bolder effect. For your bedroom, you can choose a bed frame that’s black and surround it with neutral colors.

Use Artwork

You can dress up your walls or shelves with black by choosing artwork that features this color. Put a collage of black and white paintings or drawings together for a visually appealing look, or choose a combination of black and other colors for a more dramatic effect.

Add Texture

Introduce black to your apartment by having accent pieces in different textures. You can choose black, velvety throw pillows or a quilted black blanket that adds a layer of texture to your furniture.

Our apartments in Long Beach, California have plenty of natural light so you don’t have to worry about black decor looking too dark. Please give us a call for more details on our community.

Oct 17

Tips for Throwing a Spooktacular Halloween Party

Halloween TreatsThe season of spooky stories, incredible costumes and fabulously silly celebrations is finally upon us. That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start preparing for your own festivities. Whether you plan on going big with tons of friends and family or you want to keep things a little more classy and vampy this Halloween, you’ll need to follow a few tried-and-true tips to pull off the party of the season!

5 Simple Tips for Throwing the Most Spooktacular Halloween Bash

1. Don’t Rely on Candy Alone

While most of your guests will expect a tasty treat or two to tide them over during the festivities, be sure to provide them with some fun appetizers and drinks as well. Stick to your theme and keep things simple, while making sure there’s plenty to go around.

2. Decorate Your Bar Cart

A gorgeous bar cart is always appreciated at a party, so this year be sure to deck it out for the occasion. Style yours with subtle Halloween accents like metallic pumpkins or autumnal floral arrangements to make it stand out.

3. Update Childhood Favorites

Get creative with your treats! Instead of candied apples, try serving your guests “poison” apples by adding a bit of black food coloring to your caramel mixture or incorporate fun elements like edible gummy spiders into your ice cubes to spice up your drinks.

4. Set the Mood

You don’t have to rely on Halloween lights to set the mood in your apartment. With tasteful candle arrangements, you can easily conjure up a spooky atmosphere. Try limiting your light sources in certain rooms to get people in the mood to party in style.

5. Create a Bold Statement

Set up a designated space in your apartment that really represents your theme. Make sure this space has plenty of good lighting, excellent decor and room for guests to snap pictures that can be shared on social media.

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

Planning the perfect Halloween bash just got easier with these fun and useful party recommendations! For more information on our apartment community or to take a look at the modern floor plans at our apartments in Long Beach, visit our office at Edison today.

Sep 17

The Original Lobster Festival – The Lobsters are Coming!

LobsterThe Original Lobster Festival is being held in Long Beach from September 8 to 10 at Rainbow Lagoon Park. This event is so beloved that it’s been around for more than 20 years. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting the Fresh Live Maine Lobster on a different coast, then now’s the time to get your fill.

Lobster and Much More

Coming to the Lobster Fest is as delicious as it is exciting. Meals are cooked in the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker, so everyone gets fed without having to wait. Dancing, photos, arts and crafts, auctions, a sports tent, and even karaoke are all waiting when you come to this event. There’s also plenty of adult beverages — including their signature drink, the “Screaming Lobster.” The event goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are just $5 on Friday and $13 on Saturday and Sunday. Or, upgrade to the VIP status for $20 on Friday and $40 on Saturday and Sunday. The VIP experience includes private bathrooms, a private seating area, and a complimentary beverage of your choice.

Fun for Everyone

You won’t just find steamed lobster when you’re here. Snack on lobster sliders, try lobster-on-a-stick, or get one of the infamous buttery rolls that have been the hit of so many food trucks. If you have a land lover in your midst, there will be an international food court for any taste. Kids are especially welcome, and there will be plenty of things for the younger set to do as well. Kids can try their hand at the many games throughout the festival, hop around in the bounce house, or get their face painted to match their outfit. For the adults, the sports tent will feature a whole wall of televisions so you can watch whatever strikes your fancy. In addition, a variety of businesses will be in Long Beach with free giveaways throughout the weekend.

There’s always something going on around our apartments in Long Beach. Give Edison a call today if you want to live somewhere that puts you in the thick of the action and the fun!

Sep 17

Check Out the New Blues Festival in El Dorado Park

GuitaristAt the El Dorado Park in Long Beach, you’ll find the New Blues Festival being held this Labor Day weekend from September 2 to 3 in El Dorado Park. Traditional blues may be a niche, but New Blues has managed to find a much broader audience. If you’re in Long Beach apartments, you won’t be disappointed when you stop by this event.

What Exactly is New Blues?

New blues isn’t anything like the B.B. King songs that may pop into your head when you first hear the term. This is all about updating the notes and beat for the audience of today. If you’ve ever rocked out to a White Stripes song before, then you’ve already heard (and enjoyed) a prime example of new blues. Whether you love this style of music or simply have an appreciation for it, it’s time check out and support the artists who promote the sound and have some fun at the same time.

More Than 30 Acts

There will be two different stages for you to choose from, and more than 30 different artists for you to hear. Union Hobos, Janiva Magness, and Zac Harmon are just a few of the artists who will be taking the stage. In addition to what’s new and now, there will a number of different sounds for you to discover over the two-day festival. Not only will there be contemporary artists with a modern spin on blues, but you’ll also be able to compare local, regional, and international versions as well. If you love traditional blues, then you’ll also get to hear artists play tribute to the greats of ages. Tickets are $40 for a day and $70 for the weekend pass. There are also a number of other ticket options, including Gold Pass and V.I.P., that get you everything from catered food to backstage passes.

For those who like to get out and about, our apartment community can help you see and do everything you want. Whether you love music, museums, or food, Edison is near it all. We give you a comfortable and convenient place to call home if you’re always on the go. Give us a call today to learn more about our available floor plans!

Sep 17

It’s Time for the 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival

GreeceResidents at our Long Beach apartments are fortunate to live in an area with beautiful weather, lovely scenery, and great events. One of the most exciting and fun events coming up is the 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival. This event is always a popular event for Long Beach residents, and this year is planned to be the biggest and best yet.

From Your Long Beach Apartments to an Authentic Greek Atmosphere

You can go from your apartment in Long Beach to the 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival in a matter of minutes. The festival’s address is 5761 E. Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA 90814. The event is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2017. It begins on September 2 at 12:00 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend until the end of the day on September 4. Admission for the 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival is $5.

The Schedule of Events

Authentic Greek dancing is always one of the highlights of the Long Beach Greek Festival, and this year is no exception. The dance schedule includes Greek dance performances at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day of the festival. Additionally, Greek dance lessons are given each day at 5:00 p.m. There will also be continuous Greek music between the dance performances and dance lessons.

On each day of the festival, informational videos about Greece are also available. At 12:15 each day, a video called “Discovering Greece” will be shown. At 1:45 p.m., a travel video called “Greek Odyssey” will be shown. At 3:00 p.m. each day, a video called “Secrets of the Past” will be shown. At 4:30 p.m., a video called “Greece” will be shown. At 6:00 p.m., a video called “Visions of Greece” will be shown, and at 7:00 p.m., the final video, “Alexander the Great” will be shown.

At 2:00 p.m. each day, Greek cuisine takes center stage with a demonstration of Greek cooking techniques and dishes. Another cooking demonstration follows at 4:00 p.m., and a video cooking demonstration will be shown at 5:30 p.m.

Ready to Make a Move?

Ready to make a move to Long Beach? Edison Apartments in Long Beach offers luxury living in modern flats. Call any time to learn more about our apartment options that are available now.

Aug 17

Date Night: Movies on the Beach for Free

Evening at the BeachDating can get expensive! If you are trying to be smart with your money, you may be looking for inexpensive date night ideas. If so, movies on the beach may be a great idea. Alfredo’s Beach Clubs “Moonlight Movies on the Beach” hosts free movie nights on local beaches from June 15 through August 22, 2017. Consider this fun activity when you are looking for date night or outing ideas!

It’s Free

One of the biggest benefits of going to “Moonlight Movies on the Beach” for date night is that it is free. Southern California is home to great eateries and attractions. But they can get pricey. When you want to take a date out for a unique experience, this is the perfect idea. Parking is free and the event is free. The only thing you need to pay for is food and drinks, or you can bring your own from home.

Upcoming Movies

There are 3 more movie screenings so don’t miss out! Movies start at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). On August 15, Moana will be showing at Granada Beach. Catch The Princess Bride on August 17 at Alamitos Beach. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for The Sandlot on August 22 at Granada Beach.

Another benefit of “Moonlight Movies on the Beach” is that it is romantic. You and your date get to cuddle up on a beach blanket, sit underneath the stars, listen to the waves lap and then take in a movie as it plays. It is a far more romantic scenario than heading to a movie theater or renting a movie to watch at your house.

Cap the Night Off With a Stroll on the Beach

The last advantage to holding date night at “Moonlight Movies on the Beach” is that you can cap off the evening with a romantic stroll on the beach. This gives you time to talk to each other and discuss the movie you just watched next to the waves.

Long Beach is home to beautiful beaches and fun activities. If you are looking to make this area home, check out our apartments in Long Beach. Edison features classic designs with a new, unique vibe. Call us today to schedule an appointment to view our community or to see our available floor plans.

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