Archive for April, 2015

Learn to Play Bocce Ball at Our Foster City Apartments

April 30th, 2015

Our community is one of the few Foster City apartments with bocce ball court. This fun outdoor game is perfect to play with your friends or family on a lazy spring evening.

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Bocce ball is played in two separate teams, each using a set of different-colored balls. The first team throws out the pallino or neutral ball. After that, teams take turns trying to get their ball closest to the pallino. Bowlers for each team can accomplish this by rolling their ball straight to the pallino, knocking an opponent’s ball out of the way, or by creating an obstacle to protect one of their own balls. You can use any part of the court to bounce or guide your ball into the right position.

The round is over when all of the colored balls for both teams have been rolled. The team with the closest ball claims the frame. That team receives one point for every ball they have closer to the pallino than the other team. It takes a total of at least 12 points across all frames in order to take the game.

For a low-impact game that you can play with people of all ages, our Foster City apartments with bocce ball court have what you need. To learn more about the other amenities enjoyed by our residents, contact us today.

 

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How to Repel Bugs When Cooking in the Plaza’s Outdoor Kitchen

April 28th, 2015

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At our apartments in Foster City with outdoor kitchen facilities, we have effective and more natural tips for repelling bugs while cooking and dining outside.

  • Light citronella candles to fend off mosquitoes with about a five-foot radius per candle; now you have a bug blocking perimeter and some candle-lit ambiance.
  • Garlic is an effective way to keep mosquitoes and flies at bay. This trick works with fresh garlic and garlic oil, whether you’re cooking with it or just setting it out.
  • Your cup is a common place for bugs to end up, especially if you are a fan of fruity drinks or pops that are packed with the sugar these little bugs love. Take away the temptation and opportunity for those unwanted guests to fly into your drink when you are not looking simply by covering it up when you’re not drinking it.
  • While you don’t want to attract bugs to the red wine you might be drinking, you can set them up with a drink of their very own! Pour a small glass and put it somewhere away from your cooking area at our apartments in Foster City with outdoor kitchen so the fruit flies will have their own drink.
  • Fresh lemons and lemon oils can help keep the flies, mosquitoes, and ants from coming to your dinner party; plus, they can provide a light, fresh scent!

Keep these tips in mind the next time you cook at our apartments in Foster City with outdoor cooking features. Ready to learn more about our community? Contact us today.

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3 Summer Job Ideas for Teens in Foster City

April 22nd, 2015

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In a struggling economy, it is often difficult for young people to find employment. Here are a few options for summer jobs in Foster City:

  • Hillbarn Theatre: The theatre depends on volunteers to usher, take tickets, work with costuming, and more. While the positions do not pay wages, they do offer the opportunity to gain experience for a resume, learn the craft, and possibly qualify for a paid position down the road.
  • CuriOdyssey: Teens who enjoy young children, science, and animals find the opportunity for paid positions as day camp leaders during the summer. Camp participants range in age from three through eighth grade. This is a great place to develop leadership skills while earning wages of $12-$14 per hour.
  • Camp Edmo: This camp offers opportunities for mature high school and college students to earn $400 per week or more to lead campers ages kindergarten through eighth grade in daily art and science activities.

Whether young people wish to obtain a paid position or are just seeking the experience of working with their craft, these positions offer outstanding opportunities. They will vanish quickly in a sea of applicants, so it is important to apply quickly.

All of these positions will boost a resume, both for future employment and for scholarship and internship applications during college. These summer jobs in Foster City can offer more than just a paycheck in an ongoing competitive work environment.

Public transportation is easily accessible from our luxury apartments in Foster City, making it easy for young people to get to work.

Contact our leasing office with any questions you might have and to arrange a tour of our dynamic apartment community.

 

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Easy Way to Clean Your Deep Soaking Tub in Foster City

April 16th, 2015

What is your favorite way to relax in your home? In our apartments in Foster City with soaking tubs, a hot bath might be the first thing that pops into your mind. Cleaning your tub, however, is not such a relaxing activity. There is no need to strain the back you have been relaxing; there is an easier way to clean your bathtub.

  • Start by spraying cleaning solution on the tub to dissolve soap scum. Equal parts of blue Dawn dish-washing detergent and white vinegar work great, but the nonabrasive cleaner of your choice is fine.
  • Wet a mop head with hot water from the tap. Dedicate a mop or mop head exclusively to the tub.
  • Use the mop to reach all of the surfaces of the tub without having to get in it, get wet, or chance slipping and falling.
  • Spend a few minutes on the fixtures with a soft cloth.
  • Use the hose to rinse the tub.

Presto! Your tub will be sparkling clean with very little effort or bending on your part. This method also works beautifully in a shower.

Does a soaking tub sound like a luxury you would enjoy? Contact our leasing office to arrange a tour of your next apartment home.

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5 Reasons to Swim Laps in Our Plaza Pool

April 14th, 2015

You can incorporate a variety of exercises into your workout routine. With our apartments in Foster City with heated pool, you can take advantage of the water to do some low-impact workouts.

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Laps are a great pool exercise to try. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Swimming laps gives you the opportunity to tone your muscles better. This is an excellent low-impact way to build up muscle tone.
  • Breathing is an important part of relaxation and health; going for a swim is a terrific way to practice your breathing techniques.
  • Another wonderful benefit is being able to work out longer and harder without having the physical impact on your body.
  • Water is a safe place to help practice your flexibility. You will be able to work out without fear or injury.
  • Swimming also helps you relax mentally and gives you that brain tranquility you need.

Swimming is a way to work both your mind and body to become healthier and more physically fit. Take a look at our heated swimming pool and other amenities when you contact us for more information.

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Natural Ways to Remove Tricky Stains from Your Plaza Carpet

April 8th, 2015

No matter which floor plan you choose at our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City, you will have luxurious cut-pile carpeting in at least the bedrooms, if not the living room area as well. Stepping down upon soft carpeting is a wonderful way to start your morning. Carpets can take a lot of heavy traffic and abuse, but they do need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

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Source: The Plaza.

Pets, children, and many social gatherings can get your carpets stained and dirty quickly. Here are a few eco-friendly ways to remove those tricky stains and keep your carpet smelling fresh and clean around the clock.

  • Borax, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, fine cornmeal, lemon juice, and salt are tried and true natural products that should be in every eco-friendly person’s cleaning closet. Use these in conjunction with your broom, vacuum cleaner, a natural bristle brush, and even a carpet cleaning machine for those tough jobs, and you will never worry about odors, stains, or built-up carpet grunge again.
  • A mix of 1 cup of Borax or baking soda (good for eliminating pet odors) to two cups of cornmeal sprinkled liberally over just swept and vacuumed carpets will handle most topical stains, odors, and loose dirt quite well in our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City. Let the mix sit for an hour, then vacuum.
  • An equal parts mix of vinegar and water or lemon juice and salt, scrubbed into the stain and left standing for 15 minutes, can zap any remaining deep stains.
  • Try a carpet cleaning machine, filled with natural carpet cleaning solution, for a once-a-season, naturally clean carpet boost.

We offer our residents many green tips at our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City as a reflection of our LEED-certified lifestyle. Contact us today for more information.

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