7 Life-Improving Benefits of Pet Ownership

Owning a pet costs money and comes with responsibility. But it also contributes to one’s sense of belonging and purpose. Pet ownership can markedly improve quality of life, and some pets even promote better physical health. If you’re trying to decide whether to bring a pet home to your apartment, here are some compelling benefits to consider.
1. Reduce stress and anxiety
When you’re stressed, few things can calm you down like petting, playing, or cuddling with a faithful four-legged friend. This is because playing with pets increases production of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decreases production of cortisol, which contributes to stress. For similar […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|All About Pets|0 Comments

Best Hikes for Viewing Aspens in Full Fall Glory

Colorado has far more evergreen pines than deciduous tree species. But the Centennial State is home to a handful of trees that change color during fall. And for most, fall in Colorado is about one of them: the slender, white-barked aspen. While there are enough aspen trees in Denver to give residents a taste of their autumnal beauty without journeying into the mountains, aspens’ fall colors tend to be more dramatic and are usually best admired in environments where the tree thrives naturally.

Here are twelve hiking trails within two hours’ drive of Denver where you can revel in the yellow, gold, orange […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Around the Area|0 Comments

Fun, Family-Friendly Fall Outings in Chicagoland

Cool, crisp fall air can feel a welcome change after a hot and humid summer. But autumn in the Windy City tends to be fleeting. Make a point to get out and appreciate the season before it’s too late and you regret not having done so. Here are some fun fall outings the entire family can enjoy.
Go apple picking
Enjoy quality family time and stock up on apples for eating and baking with this timeless fall activity. One option, just over the Wisconsin border from Illinois, is Apple Holler Family Farm. Nicknamed “the apple picking amusement park,” Apple Holler’s farm park is home to […]

By |September 18th, 2017|Around the Area|0 Comments

10 Fair Trade Coffees You Can Buy Online

Coffee, with annual exports in excess of $20 billion, is one of the largest internationally-traded commodities. Since most coffee is cultivated in emerging economies with relatively few labor protections, there is vast potential for abuse in the industry. Child labor, meager wages, long hours in harsh working conditions, and exposure to hazardous chemicals are commonplace on coffee farms. As a consumer, you can demonstrate your opposition to these labor abuses by buying Fair Trade certified coffee. Purchase beans online from these Fair Trade coffee brands, and feel good about the coffee you brew at home.
Allegro Coffee
You may recognize the Allegro Coffee […]

By |September 10th, 2017|Apartment Life|0 Comments

7 Seattle Parks to Visit Before Summer’s End

The Seattle parks system tied for 11th in the Trust for Public Land’s 2017 ParkScore Index ratings and has been recognized by CNN Money as one of the country’s best park cities. Seattle’s hundreds of parks, which together constitute more than 11% of the city’s total land area, have a combined 120 miles of hiking trail between them. While most Seattle parks are open year-round, the northwest seaport city does have something of a park season. And it’s drawing to a close. Before Seattle’s clear summer skies once again fill with rain clouds and the days grow dispiriting-ly short, hit up one or […]

By |September 10th, 2017|Around the Area|0 Comments