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6 Fun Rainy Day Activities in Your Apartment

You wake up prepared to start your day only to discover it's raining all over your parade. The last thing you want to do is slosh around outside, so what do you do? You can give in to weather-induced boredom…

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Do your kids complain about being bored while you are busy preparing Thanksgiving dinner? You're not alone! This year, instead of having the kids watch Thanksgiving specials on TV, put their creative minds to use and have them make the…

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Kids love Halloween–and why wouldn’t they? They get to dress up as anything they want and end the night with a bag full of candy. As a parent, Halloween can be a bit more stressful: There are people out causing…

in-laws visiting

how to clean up in a hurryLet’s start off by saying that if your in-laws give ample notice before they step on your welcome mat, you’re in pretty good shape. In many families, in-laws are notorious for popping up at a moment’s notice, but that’s another topic for another day. It doesn't matter if your mother-in-law (MIL) and father-in-law (FIL) are arriving in two hours or two days, you surely want to do all you can to make sure your apartment is as presentable as possible. Do you worry about what your spouse’s mother will say if the cleanliness of your space isn't up to her standards? Does she have the audacity to conduct a sneaky dust test with her fingertip as she slyly strolls through the apartment? We understand that your place might never be spotless from top to bottom. And honestly, who has time for that? But if you’re focused on doing at least a little tidying up before the ‘rents make their debut, here’s some crafty and creative ways to quickly get your pad in better shape.

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how to deal with family drama during the holidaysYou’re in the homestretch. The holiday season halfway over. You've almost made it. All you have to do is get through the end of December. You love your family dearly, we know that. But sitting around the fireplace and pretending to be excited about grandma’s hand-knit holiday sweater that you technically only have 15 more hours to wear isn't exactly your idea of a joyous holiday.

Not only that, the people you have to deal with are a pain! But they’re your family, so slap on a smile and read on to find out how to deal with your most difficult relatives over the next couple of weeks.

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choosing to spend Thanksgiving aloneWhen you think of Thanksgiving, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Cheesy thoughts of an overly happy family gathered around a perfectly golden turkey and heaping mounds of mashed potatoes is probably what you imagine.

But that’s not the case for everyone. Believe it or not, some people do choose to spend Thanksgiving without their friends and family.

But why?

Make Room for Baby: Prepare Your Small Apartment for a Little One

living in an apartment with kidsIf there’s anything we know here at Apartment Guide it’s this: you do not need to buy a house in order to make a home. This is still true when your duo turns into a trio!

A lot of expecting moms and dads panic when they find out that a new baby is on the way. Their small apartment suddenly seems tinier than Barbie’s dream house. And it doesn't help when friends and family are constantly bombarding you with the question of the year: “So... when are you moving?!”

News flash: You can raise a happy and healthy child in a small apartment. It’ll take a bit of creativity, but it can be done!

Consider the challenges and great advantages of living with an extended family.

[caption id="attachment_57548" align="alignleft" width="360"]Consider the challenges and great advantages of living with an extended family. Consider the challenges and great advantages of living with an extended family.[/caption] Is your apartment home to a diverse household where parents, kids and grandparents all live together? Multigenerational apartment living gives new meaning to the phrase “one big, happy family.” While this is not a unique phenomenon for today, changing and often uncertain economic conditions do set the stage for the benefits and challenges of multigenerational living under one roof.