About Jason Ernst

Jason received degrees in International Studies, Economics, and German Literature from the University of Arizona in 2011, and has worked as a freelance writer ever since. His research and writing interests include interior decoration and design, home entertainment, history, art, architecture, and travel. He is currently a regular contributor to the AMLI Residential lifestyle blog. Circle Jason on Google+

Best Hybrid and Electric Car Models for 2017-2018

The concept of the electric car can be traced back nearly 200 years. But more progress has been made over the past decade than during the two previous centuries combined. This progress, coupled with the expanding presence of car charging stations, makes owning an electric car easier than ever. If you’re keen to reduce spending on gas and curb your carbon footprint by driving a more eco-friendly car, here are some impressive hybrid and electric car models to consider.
BMW i3
Speedy acceleration, excellent handling, and a high reliability rating give this electric vehicle (EV) a solid reputation. With a starting MSRP of $44,450, the BMW […]

By |September 25th, 2017|Green Living|0 Comments

Discover the Houston Galleria’s Revamped Saks Wing

Since its founding in 1970, the Houston Galleria has undergone several major renovations. The most recent, a $300 million overhaul of the mall’s former Saks wing, was unveiled two months ago. Known as Galleria VI, the 110,000 square-foot wing will bring 35 new retail and restaurant concepts to the mall. Not every retail and dining space planned for the new wing is open for business, but several are. And these new shopping and dining destinations are just a ten-minute walk from AMLI Uptown. Here’s a look at some of the revamped Saks wing’s highlights.
Sophisticated design
There’s a lot to appreciate about the […]

By |September 25th, 2017|Around the Area|0 Comments

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