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super host for super bowl

Whether you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots this year, or you love the commercials and half-time show, a Super Bowl party is a great reason to invite friends over and show off your place and your hosting skills.

insurance bundles

As a renter, you’ve probably heard about the importance of protecting your personal property with renters insurance and (hopefully) have a policy of your own. If you have a vehicle, you must carry car or motorcycle insurance. There’s also life insurance, pet insurance, travel insurance, and more. All these different policies can get confusing — and expensive — but with insurance bundles you can actually cover many of your bases and save money along the way.

bike to work

If you’ve ever envied those cyclists whizzing by your car, you might want to look into the option of riding your bike to work. Not only will your commute be more pleasant, but it’s a great way to stay in shape. However, being in the right location is key, as well as a few other factors. Here’s some things to consider in your quest to bike to work.

Some people enjoy jogging, while others cringe at the thought. Some like the discipline of lifting weights; others find it boring. Swimmers, basketball players, and dancers all appreciate the activities that make their spirits soar. Fortunately, there are almost as many different ways to get fit as there are people resolving to exercise in the coming year. And when you find the right exercise for you, you’re more likely to enjoy exercising and stick to a program. [find-an-apartment] Here are some tips for finding the best exercise program to meet your needs.

An unfamiliar city can be more than a little unnerving. Getting to know the area while simultaneously trying to make friends can be scary. Joining a volunteer organization can help you achieve both goals at once. Volunteering is not only…

For past generations, “growing up” meant getting married, buying a home and starting a family. That’s not necessarily the typical path anymore. [find-an-apartment] Nuclear families (those defined as a husband, wife and an average of 2.3 children) used to be the majority. These days, in many cities, living solo is common and may well be the new normal. Read on to learn more about what it means to be in charge of your own apartment household of one!

All right, let’s get this out of the way, right up front. Dining alone in a restaurant is neither a shameful thing nor an experience to avoid. Maybe you've had an experience like Jason Segel in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Sometimes a server does make a fuss, but, really, most are happy you're there -- if you are happy to be there, yourself. There’s an art to the solo dine. In the right frame of mind and with reasonable expectations, a solo diner can have a delicious experience. It helps if you like to eat, of course. These tidbits should help the reluctant learn from my own mistakes. Know thyself, dear diner, and feel free to enjoy a great meal, regardless of situational solitude! [find-an-apartment]

How would you like to live in a community where your grocery store is right around the corner, work is a 10-minute walk, and everything else you need just a quick light-rail ride away? No car necessary! [find-an-apartment] Sound too good to be true? It’s becoming a reality. The idea of transit-oriented development, or TOD, -- conceptualized in the 1980s by architect Peter Calthorpe -- places travel centers like light rail and bus stations at the heart of a well-planned neighborhood. The goal is to reduce dependence on cars, increase ridership, and create vibrant neighborhoods where residents enjoy many valuable conveniences.

downtown los angeles

Moving to a new place often involves adjusting to a different pace of living, and the experience can be disorienting. If you’re having some trouble with the transition, it helps to understand how others have dealt with the challenge. [find-an-apartment] Read on for some information about culture shock and our tips for easing the anxiety of adjustment to a new city.

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